Defending You Against Weapons Charges
Even in a state like South Carolina, which is mostly supportive of the Second Amendment rights of citizens to own and carry firearms, there are certain hoops that you must jump through to remain compliant with the law. Additionally, the penalties for committing a crime with a firearm are extremely serious.
At The Law Offices of L. Morgan Martin in Conway, we are attorneys who defend people facing all types of misdemeanor and felony weapons charges in both state and federal courts. With decades of experience guiding people through the criminal justice system, we know how to protect your rights, record and reputation.
A Concealed Carry Permit Does Not Allow Just Anything
South Carolina issues concealed carry permits to residents and certain other persons in the state. However, even if you think you are doing everything right, you can quickly run afoul of state laws and find yourself under arrest for unlawful carrying of a handgun.
Some important facts to keep in mind include:
- You cannot carry a concealed weapon if you do not have your permit on you.
- If you are stopped by the police, you must inform them if you are carrying.
- You can go into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol with your weapon, but you cannot consumer alcohol.
- You cannot carry your concealed weapon into certain government facilities, schools, day care centers or other businesses that explicitly ban firearms.
A Conviction Can Hurt Your Rights To Own A Firearm
Additionally, if you already have a felony conviction, a domestic violence conviction or are currently the subject of a restraining order, you may not possess firearms. Owning a gun could mean serious charges.
Additionally, if you are arrested for drugs or robbery, the presence of a gun calls for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years. Firearms offenses may be either state or federal crimes. Almost all are felonies, and “first-timers” face penalties just as stiff as multiple offenders.
Schedule Your Free Consultation With A Lawyer Today
South Carolina and federal gun laws are extremely confusing. That is why we invite you to talk to us today to learn more about your rights and how to protect your interests if you are facing charges. Send the firm an email or call our office in Conway at 800-506-0311 or 843-484-0993.