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Firearm Crime Defense Lawyer in Kenosha, WI

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Both state and federal laws pertaining to firearms apply in the state of Wisconsin. These laws can be confusing and complex and, if you are not familiar with them, you can make criminal mistakes such as carrying a firearm into a protected area, such as a courthouse, educational campus, or other restricted places. Such acts can lead to firearm charges. These charges can carry serious penalties affecting your freedom and future and should be handled by an attorney who is well-versed in all the laws regarding firearms in your area.

At the Law Office of John Anthony Ward, we have guided thousands of individuals through the criminal justice system in Wisconsin. Our Kenosha firearms crime attorney has been practicing since 1985 and has handled more than 200 jury trials. That kind of experience can be invaluable when you are facing criminal charges against a tough prosecutor whose sole aim is to convict you. We can review the facts, analyze the evidence, search out flaws and inefficiencies, and put together a defense strategy geared towards your best interests. Throughout your case, our experienced criminal defense attorney will ensure that you understand each phase of the process and potential consequences so that you formulate the best decisions.

Get a free, initial consultation about your charges at the Law Office of John Anthony Ward by contacting us at (262) 205-6599.

Firearm Laws in Wisconsin

Wisconsin is an open carry state, meaning that anyone over the age of 18 who qualifies under both state and federal law can carry a firearm. Only residents of the state can obtain Wisconsin licenses. Background checks, permits, and registrations are not required in handgun sales from a private individual. Open carry is permitted in restaurants and state parks but where “no weapons” signs are posted, those signs are enforced.

Those who wish to carry concealed weapons must be 21 or older. These applicants must complete a firearms training class. They must also qualify under other criteria, such as not being prohibited from gun possession through court order or not having committed a felony.

Under the law, many locations and facilities exist in which you cannot legally carry a firearm, such as police stations, courthouses, jails, prisons, school grounds, airports, mental hospitals, and more. You must have a permit to carry a concealed firearm in your vehicle. Otherwise, without a permit, your firearm must be visible.

Firearm Crimes

Wisconsin has many laws pertaining to firearms and violating them can have serious consequences.

These crimes can include but are not limited to:

  • Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit

  • Transporting a loaded weapon

  • Discharging a firearm

  • Sale of illegal firearms

  • Bringing a firearm onto a restricted location

  • Trafficking in illegal firearms

  • Sale of a firearm to someone who is prohibited from gun possession, such as convicted felon or a minor

For example, it is a Class A misdemeanor to endanger the safety of others by negligently handling a firearm. This includes using a firearm when one is “under the influence” of alcohol or drugs. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to nine months in jail and/or fines of up to $10,000. Firing a gun at law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, or other public servants is a felony charge as is the firing of a firearm into a building or vehicle where people may be present. Felony charges carry sentences of more than a year in prison and even heavier fines than misdemeanors.

Why You Need a Strong Defender

Firearms laws are complicated and can be confusing and each comes with its own set of penalties. Trying to understand and navigate the system on your own is ill-advised when you have no professional understanding of where you stand or how to credibly defend yourself. Every criminal case is different, with its own set of circumstances which need a thorough review to determine the facts. Defenses may exist that can be used to help you avoid serious consequences, but you will need professional legal representation. Our firm is here to guide you through the maze of the criminal court system and to make the best defense possible on your behalf.

Contact us at (262) 205-6599 for dedicated legal support today.

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