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Our Lawyers Can Help You with All Weapon Offenses

Weapons offenses are a very broad category that can include many different types of criminal charges. The state of Colorado has many rules and regulations about the possession and use of firearms and other weapons. If you are being investigated or have been charged with a weapons offense, whether it be the prohibited use of a firearm or criminal possession of a weapon in Denver, CO, the legal team at Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone P.C. is here to help you defend your rights. We have experience building the best defenses for various weapons charges, so we know exactly how to handle your case. Contact us today to discuss your arrest and how to proceed.

Possession of a Dangerous or Illegal Weapon

In the state of Colorado, certain weapons are classified as illegal or dangerous, and therefore possessions of these types of weapons carry a penalty. The state has the right to create these rules and regulations to help better protect citizens and make a safer environment for everyone. Our team is here to help you if you find yourself on the wrong side of one of these laws. We can help you defend yourself if you’re found to be in possession of a dangerous or illegal weapon. Illegal weapons in Colorado include:

  • Switchblades
  • Brass knuckles
  • Gas guns
  • Gravity knives
  • Blackjacks

Weapons classified as “dangerous” under Colorado law include:

  • Short or sawed-off shotguns
  • Firearm suppressors
  • Machine guns
  • Ballistic knives
  • Short rifles

Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender

Have you previously been convicted of a felony in Colorado or another state? If so, your right to possess a weapon has been revoked. Colorado law prohibits previously convicted felons from possessing firearms and dangerous weapons. Due to this law, you may be charged with “possession of a weapon by a previous offender” if police catch you. This charge is always considered a felony, but the level of the felony will vary depending on the circumstances of your case. However, it’s important to note that the starting point of this charge is a class 6 felony. Your charge could be worse if there are other factors at play.

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Prohibited Use of a Weapon

As previously stated, Colorado has many laws about who can possess weapons and how they can be used. As such, there are certain actions that are prohibited regarding the use of firearms and other weapons. This is a very broad law that covers numerous different scenarios. A violation of this law is considered a class 2 misdemeanor, which could carry a penalty of up to one year in jail and a possible fine of $1,000. If you commit a second offense within five years, it is considered a class 5 felony in the state of Colorado, which will incur a harsher punishment. All of the following scenarios would be considered a prohibited use of a weapon under Colorado law:

  • Knowingly aiming a weapon at another person
  • Discharging a weapon in a manner that is reckless or negligent
  • Possessing a weapon while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance

Possession of Explosives & Other Weapons

Handguns and firearms are not the only types of weapons that can be used to harm individuals. As such, Colorado has may laws about other kinds of weapons, including explosives as well as chemical, biological, and radiological weapons. The penalties for possessing these types of weapons are often very harsh as they are considered “weapons of mass destruction” and can be used to harm a large number of people. If you are charged with such a crime, you are facing a felony conviction with punishments dependent on the type of device you were found to possess and what you intended to do with it. You could be facing two to 24 years in prison, as well as the possibility of a fine up to $1,000,000 in the most severe cases. You can be charged with this offense if you knowingly possess, steal, control, manufacture, give, mail, send, or cause to be sent:

  • Any bomb or another explosive or incendiary device or any part for these types of devices
  • A chemical, biological, or radiological weapon or any part of this type of weapon
  • A false or hoax explosive or a faux chemical, biological, or radiological weapon

Schedule a Legal Consultation

At Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone P.C., we have years of experience handling all types of weapons charges in Colorado. Whether you have been charged with possessing a concealed weapon, possessing a deadly weapon, or any other weapon charge, we are the defense attorney you want to call in Denver, CO. We will review your case and determine the best method for a defense to help you receive the most a favorable outcome. Please reach out to us today to schedule a legal consultation with our team. We are able to serve all of Denver as well as the surrounding areas of Aurora, Greenwood Village, and Centennial.

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