At the Law Office of Christopher A. Connelly in Charlotte, attorney Chris Connelly provides those facing weapons charges with powerful defense representation based on over 25 years of experience and personally manages each case. If you have been charged with illegal possession of a weapon (i.e, possession of a weapon on school grounds, possession of a weapon in a court house, possession of a weapon by a felon) or carrying a concealed weapon, preserve your right to a strong defense. Remain silent unless you have an attorney present.
(Note that we may associate an attorney in another firm to assist with some cases. We also, of course, employ capable support staff who handle various administrative aspects of cases.)
If you have been arrested for armed assault or on weapons charges, do not talk to police until you talk to a lawyer. Contact our Charlotte office to arrange a consultation.
Depending on the unique circumstances surrounding the charges against you, Attorney Connelly may be able to get charges dropped altogether or reduced to a lesser offense. If your armed assault or other weapons charge case goes to trial, he will provide a powerful defense.
Defense Against a Weapons Charge
Were you accused of carrying a concealed weapon because you had a box cutter in your pocket? Was the evidence against you acquired during an illegal traffic stop or as a result of illegal search and seizure? Did you even realize there was a knife or gun under the seat of the car you borrowed? These are only a few of the questions he will consider when determining how to approach your defense.
As your lawyer, Mr. Connelly is prepared to represent clients in state and federal courts in Mecklenburg County and Cabarrus County, including cases involving the following:
- Carrying a concealed weapon
- Assault with a deadly weapon (armed assault)
- Possession of firearms by a felon
- Possession of a weapon on school grounds
- Possession of a weapon in a court house
- Possession of knives, guns, box cutters or baseball bats
- Use of a firearm during a drug offense
- Possession of a concealed weapon during a drug offense
Effective December 1, 2011, the law of self defense appears to have expanded to the benefit of the prospective crime victim. It has always been established that deadly force could be used to prevent forcible entry into one's home, the new law (colloquially known as the "Castle Doctrine") extends this to the motor vehicle and workplace. Of the greatest significance, the new law creates a presumption of lawfulness in that a lawful occupant of these designated places can be assumed to have feared imminent death or serious bodily harm. (There are several exceptions to this new provision.) This should shift the burden to the State to show that they did not have that fear, rather than force the defendant to prove their fear.
Restoring Firearms Rights
In certain instances, a defendant convicted of prescribed offenses may have his firearms rights restored pursuant to NC state law.
The purpose of the law is to allow a North Carolina resident who was convicted of a single nonviolent felony who has complied with other statutory conditions to restore their firearms rights in this State. This would means that the person may purchase, own, possess, or have in the person's custody, care, or control any firearm.
The person must wait to file a Petition until 20 years after their conviction and compliance with all sentencing conditions. The court may restore a petitioner's firearms rights after a court hearing if the judge determines that the petitioner meets the criteria of the law, is not otherwise disqualified to have that right restored and has not been convicted of certain other offenses in the past 20 years.
The Petition will be denied if they are have a pending felony, been dishonorably discharged from the military, been convicted of or received a PJC for certain crimes or is otherwise statutorily ineligible.
A successful restoration is not the equivalent to an expunction of any criminal history record information and does not constitute a pardon.
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Call 704-376-9376 or e-mail our Charlotte office to schedule a consultation with a lawyer with experience in cases involving weapons charges.
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