Gun Offenses

Salisbury Gun Crime Attorneys

Aggressively Defending Against Firearm Offenses in MD

Gun crimes are taken very seriously in Maryland. If you've been charged with a firearm offense, securing a robust defense is imperative to defend your rights and safeguard your freedom. At MacDonald Law Office, LLC, our Salisbury attorneys have over 15 years of experience defending clients against a wide range of gun offenses, from unlawful possession to gun permit violations.

We understand that it can be difficult to keep up with the ever-evolving legal complexities of state gun laws, which is why our firm is dedicated to protecting your reputation and restoring your liberty. Whether you were unaware that your actions were illegal or simply made an honest mistake, you can rely on our attorneys to aggressively defend your rights. As former prosecutors, our gun offense lawyers can protect your freedom while fighting tirelessly to reduce or dismiss the charges against you. 

If you were charged with a firearm offense, our lawyers can fight to restore your freedom. Contact us online to get started with a free case evaluation.   

Common Types of Gun Offenses in Maryland

Maryland has some of the strictest gun laws in the U.S. and ranked #8 for gun law strength in 2024. Firearm offenses are classified under one of three categories: possession, use, and illegal distribution, with possession being the least severe and distribution being the most severe. If you’re facing criminal charges for a firearm offense, securing experienced representation is paramount to avoid serious and potentially life-altering penalties. 

Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

Under Maryland Code § 4-203, it’s illegal to wear, carry, or transport an open or concealed handgun without a valid permit. This applies even if the carrier has a valid license from another state. There can be certain exceptions, such as transporting the gun to and from legal places of sale, a repair shop, or between residences. Keep in mind that these exceptions only apply if the weapon is unloaded and kept in an enclosed case or holster. 

Under Maryland Code § 4-301, all assault weapons are prohibited. The unlawful possession of a firearm is punishable by up to 3 years of imprisonment for first-time offenders and up to 10 years in prison for second-time offenders, as well as up to $5,000 in fines. Offenders with three or more felony convictions can face a mandatory prison sentence of 15 years. 

Carrying a Handgun on Public Property

Also known as “going armed,” this gun offense is committed when someone carries or wears a handgun on public property, including vehicles. It’s typically charged as a misdemeanor punishable by up to 3 years in prison and a $1,000 fine.

Possessing a Gun on School Property

Possessing a gun on public school grounds is punishable by up to 5 years in prison. This applies to firearms, knives, and any other deadly weapons. 

Are Gun Offenses Felonies or Misdemeanors?

Gun offenses can be charged as felonies or misdemeanors depending on various factors, including prior convictions. If the firearm offense occurred during the commission of a violent crime or other felony, offenders may face felony charges and enhanced penalties, opening the door to life-changing repercussions.

However, state gun regulations can be complex and difficult to decipher without an in-depth understanding of firearm laws, making it important to consult with a skilled gun crime lawyer as soon as possible. Our experienced attorneys at MacDonald Law Office, LLC can conduct a thorough investigation of the charges against you to determine an effective defense to employ on your behalf. 

Why Hire MacDonald Law Office, LLC? 

When your freedom and future are on the line, you need an aggressive defense you can trust. Since 2009, our firm has been committed to protecting the rights of the accused. Our lawyers are well-versed in the legal nuances of criminal law, making us well-equipped to provide the personalized representation you need and deserve to take back your life and reclaim your liberty.

Some reasons to partner with our seasoned defense attorneys include: 

  • Extensive experience: As former prosecutors, our Salisbury lawyers bring an invaluable skillset and many years of trusted experience to the table. When it comes to building a well-fortified defense, there’s no one better to have in your corner. 
  • Proven track record of results: From DUI to murder, our attorneys have tried a wide range of cases in over 100 jury trials. Now, we're committed to defending the rights of the accused, as evidenced by our proven track record of case results. 
  • Personalized representation: Our firm is here to deliver the experienced representation you need, going above and beyond to put our clients first. No matter the charges against you, you can trust our attorneys to defend your rights and represent your best interests. 
  • Free case evaluations: We offer free consultations to serve your unique needs and address the charges against you as quickly as possible. 

If you’re facing criminal charges, don’t forgo your right to an experienced defense. Call (410) 348-7809 to schedule a free case evaluation

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