Have you been arrested on a weapons-related charge? The Law Office of Bryan Stephenson can help you. Bryan is experienced in handling all types of weapons charges and knows how to get you the best results possible. Call him today to talk about your case during a free consultation.
Bryan has obtained excellent results for many clients in this area. Some of the things he will examine in your case include:
- How did the police find the weapon? Did they unlawfully perform a traffic stop, or secure an invalid search warrant for someone’s house? Did the police use an unreliable confidential informant, or perform a search or seizure before obtaining a search warrant?
- Is the weapons charge related to the commission of an additional crime? If a firearm is used in the commission of an offense, such as a burglary, penalties greatly increase. Bryan has handled these cases, as well as a good number of cases where clients were charged with possession of a handgun under the influence. Even if you have a carry permit, if you’re under the influence in Tennessee, it’s a crime. Bryan works to get this additional charge thrown out if an agreement is reached with the DA on the underlying DUI charge.
- Did the client actually “possess” the weapon under the law? The classic example is a weapon found in a car, and the driver and all passengers in the vehicle being charged with possessing the same item. Although, it’s possible that only one person is even aware of its presence. Many people don’t realize that in 2014, Tennessee law changed to allow people eligible to possess a firearm to keep it loaded in their vehicle without a carry permit. Bryan roots out the details to challenge the DA’s assertion that his client was in possession, and that this possession was, in fact, in violation of the laws of Tennessee.
- Did the client take the weapon into a restricted zone without intent or knowledge, resulting in a charge? Bryan sees many cases of people who have brought their personal, permitted firearm into secure public spaces such as airports, without realizing it. Bryan works to get these charges dismissed by proving there was no intent or knowledge on the part of the client.