Tucson, Arizona Weapons Crime Lawyers
Protecting Your Constitutional Rights in the Greater Tucson Area
Weapons charges in Arizona are often paired with other types of criminal charges such as aggravated assault, burglary, and robbery. You can also be charged with a weapons offense while on probation, as it is a violation of parole to possess a firearm. Felony weapons crimes can have serious criminal penalties including prison time, or, in the case of a parole violation, added time to your original sentence.
In addition, the state of Arizona defines certain prohibited weapons and makes it illegal for the possession, use, or sale of these weapons. In the state, “deadly weapons” are considered firearms designed and manufactured for lethal use. These prohibited weapons include explosives, automatic weapons, silencers, short-barreled rifles (less than 16 inches), and chemicals that can be used to illicit deadly force or can cause an explosion.
Different Types of Weapons Charges in Arizona
Gun control regulations, state and federal laws, as well as other legal requirements related to firearms are often difficult to understand.
Weapons charges may include:
- The sale or transfer of a deadly weapon to a prohibited possessor.
- Possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited possessor. This refers to anyone who has been adjudicated by a court order as someone who is a danger to himself or to other people; a person who is serving a term in a detention or correction facility at the time of the possession of the weapon; convicted felons; persons who have been placed on probation because of domestic violence or a felony offense, community supervision, parole, house arrest, work furlough; and undocumented and nonimmigrant aliens.
- Defacing or illegally modifying a firearm as well as knowingly possessing a defaced deadly weapon. This refers to the act of altering or removing the manufacturer's serial number on a weapon.
- Parole or probation violations through the possession of a firearm.
- Unlawful discharge of a firearm at an occupied structure.
- Misconduct involving weapons.
- Possession of a deadly weapon on school grounds.
- Aggravated assault and assault with the use of a deadly weapon.