Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender
Expert Attorneys in Golden, Jefferson County, or Colorado, Ready to Represent You
If you have been accused of possession of a weapon by a previous offender, you have the right to fight the charges. An experienced attorney can help. At Pearson & Paris, P.C., we have more than 50 years of
combined legal experience that we will use in your defense. Perhaps more importantly, our top criminal defense attorney is a former senior prosecutor who knows how district attorneys handle these cases. That knowledge allows us to create effective strategies ranging from negotiation to courtroom battles.
Whether in the Denver area, or anywhere in Colorado, it is unlawful for a person to knowingly possess, use, or carry upon his person a firearm, or any other weapon that is subject to regulation, subsequent to the person’s conviction for a felony, or a juvenile adjudication for an act, which if committed by an adult, would be a felony.
Possible Consequences for Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender
Possession of a weapon by a previous offender is generally a class 6 felony, and the sentence could be: (1) probation, with a possible jail sentence as a condition of probation of up to ninety (90) days, or up to a two years (2) year work release sentence as a condition of probation, or (2) a sentence to the department of corrections of one (1) year to eighteen (18) months, but as much as three (3) years if the court finds the presence of exceptional circumstances, with a mandatory parole period of one year.
Possible Defenses for Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender
The key to defending a charge of possession of a weapon by a previous offender is to show that the person did not “knowingly” possess a weapon, or that the person possessed the weapon strictly in defense of his home. As such, it would be significant if the weapon actually belonged to a roommate or a spouse, unbeknownst to the previous offender.
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