Were you recently charged with illegal carrying of weapons in Livingston Parish or Denham Springs, Louisiana? Are you unsure of why you were charged and where to go from here? Carl Barkemeyer, criminal defense attorney is here to help. There are many specific gun laws in the state of Louisiana and it can get very complicated and confusing when trying to understand which guns are legal in which places. Fortunately, Mr. Barkemeyer has years of experience defending illegal carrying of weapons charges in Louisiana. He understands the intricacies of the law and has spent many years studying the legal framework of guns in the state. If you were recently convicted for illegal carrying of weapons, it is imperative that you seek legal assistance immediately so as to start building a case against your charges.
First, to understand how to start setting up a case against your weapons charges, it is important to understand the different circumstances which constitute illegal carrying of weapons in Livingston Parish. In the most simple terms, illegal carrying of weapons is the intentional concealing of any firearm, or other instrument customarily used or intended for probable use as a dangerous weapon, on one's person. Based off this, it can be determined that any weapon not concealed on your person cannot be considered illegal carrying of weapons. For example, if you are found to be in possession of a weapon that is hidden in his pants, and you don’t have a conceal and carry permit, you could be facing a very serious charge with serious penalties. Furthermore, it cannot be considered a defense to state that the gun is registered in your name.
In the state of Louisiana, the first convicted offense of illegal carrying of weapons is always a misdemeanor. However, the next convicted offense after the first will be considered a felony and the punishments will continue to increase with the number of convictions. The punishments for the misdemeanor version of illegal carrying of weapons may include up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $500. It is very likely that you could be hit with both a fine and jail time as well. If you do in fact have a previous conviction for illegal carrying of weapons, you could be charged with a felony and then be facing up to five years in prison. However, this does not apply where more than five years have elapsed since the expiration of the maximum sentence, or sentences, of the previous conviction or convictions, and the time of the commission of the last offense for which he has been convicted. This means that if five years have past since your first illegal carrying of weapons conviction, then your next one could be tried as a misdemeanor instead. These punishments are very strict since the charge is quite a serious one, and the punishments could really affect your quality of life in the future as well as your loved ones.
The answer is yes, it is definitely possible. However, it is entirely up to the judge if they want to order probation for illegal carrying of weapons as opposed to jail time. You may be ordered to complete conditions of probation such as community service, classes, etc. This may seem like a lot of work, but it is a much better alternative to punishment than paying excessive fines or going to jail. But if you fail to complete the conditions, then the judge could revoke the misdemeanor probation and force you to serve the suspended sentence, which could be up to six months in jail. More good news is that being charged with illegal carrying of weapons in Louisiana is not a violent crime, so the punishments that go along with a violent crime charge will not apply to you in this instance.
Yes, the charge of illegal carrying of weapons can be removed from your criminal record in Livingston Parish and Louisiana. First off, it depends on how the charge is handled in court before we can determine when you can file an expungement to remove the illegal carrying of weapons charge from your criminal record. There are quite a few more circumstances and criteria that your case must fit before an expungement can be filed for. Once the circumstances and criteria are met, you must file a Motion to Expunge the record to remove the entry from your criminal record. In most cases, this is a very good idea because having a charge like that on your criminal record can hinder future opportunities like finding employment or applying to school.
If you have been charged with illegal carrying of weapons in the Livingston Parish or Denham Springs area of Louisiana, it is imperative that you seek legal advice soon to help build a case to fight for your freedom. Carl Barkemeyer has extensive experience with defending these types of charges and if you act soon enough then we can look at the circumstances surrounding your case and determine the best course to attain the most positive results for you during your criminal trial. The punishments that come along with multiple charges of illegal carrying of weapons are very severe and can drastically alter your life in the future and the lives of your loved ones. Because of these reasons, we highly recommend you give us a call at (225) 964-6720 for legal assistance as soon as possible to combat your illegal carrying of weapons charges in Louisiana.