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Weapons Charge Lawyer

In Colorado, weapons charges can result in serious penalties, including hefty fines and even jail time.

If you are in legal trouble because of a weapon-related incident in Colorado, the attorneys at the Dadvocates can protect your rights.

Why should you call our law office after a weapons offense?

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At the Dadvocates, our lawyers provide representation for clients in Colorado charged with weapons offenses, including:

  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon
  • Illegal Discharge of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Loaded Firearm in a Motor Vehicle
  • Unlawful Use of a Stun Gun
  • Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender (POWPO)
  • Possession of a Defaced Firearm
  • More

We are the law firm men throughout Colorado turn to when they need an attorney who understands the unique challenges that come with criminal charges. To discuss your case with one of our defense attorneys as soon as possible, contact us online or call

(720) 749-2876

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We can conduct your initial case review over phone or video call, or in person at our law office.

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I called Dadvocates to find legal advice about a particular sensitive situation I was dealing with.  I don't typically like calling law firms because I find they provide minimal advice while running up my tab.  But in this case, Jason and Kaitlyn really helped me out... These two attorneys are very professional and I really believe they have their clients' best interest in mind. Joey Hoisescu - 5-Star Google Review - 2020

Weapons Charges Defense Strategies

When you begin working with our lawyers after a gun charge or other weapons charge in Colorado, we will review your case thoroughly to determine the best approach to your defense. Our attorneys know that every case and every client is unique, so you can trust that we will custom-design an action plan that is ideal for your specific scenario. Some arguments our lawyers may make after felony or misdemeanor weapons charges include:

You didn't know you had the weapon.

In Colorado, it is illegal to "knowingly" possess a dangerous or illegal weapon. There are plenty of circumstances in which a defendant may have been found with a firearm, knife, or other weapon they didn't know they had. For example, a family member or roommate may have left a weapon in a defendant's bag or car. If this describes your situation, our lawyers will help you construct a convincing case. (Note that "knowingly" possessing a firearm refers to knowing it is in your possession; it does not refer to knowing whether or not possessing the firearm is illegal.)

The weapon was found during illegal conduct by law enforcement.

Every citizen in Colorado has constitutional rights that protect them from unlawful search and seizure. If law enforcement discovers a firearm or some other weapon in your possession during an unwarranted search of your home, an illegal traffic stop, or a mishandled arrest, there is a chance our attorneys can have your entire case thrown out. When we begin investigating any criminal charges, we always pay special attention to the conduct of law enforcement to find any instances of unlawful or inappropriate conduct.

You were permitted to have the weapon.

It may be that you have proper permits for possessing your firearm or other weapon, in which case any misdemeanor or felony charges would be ungrounded. Our lawyers can help you file the right paperwork and navigate the complex legal system to ensure that a mistaken weapons charge has no effect on your criminal record.

Weapons Charges and Family Law

If you are a father, especially a divorced father, gun charges could have significant impact on your parenting rights. The Dadvocates is the only law firm in Colorado committed to defending the rights of fathers. If the situation calls for it, our criminal defense lawyers can work in tandem with our accomplished family lawyers to defend your criminal case and help you maintain access to your children.

Common Weapons Charges Explained

Possessing a Dangerous Weapon

A "dangerous weapon" refers to a "firearm silencer, machine gun, short shotgun, short rifle, or ballistic knife." Possessing a dangerous weapon is a class 5 felony, punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. Previous offenders in possession of a dangerous weapon face a class 4 felony, punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000. 

Legal Citation: C.R.S. 18-12-102

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Possessing an Illegal Weapon

An "illegal weapon" refers to a "blackjack, a gas gun, or metallic knuckles."

Possessing an illegal weapon is a class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 18 months in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.

Legal Citation: C.R.S. 18-12-102

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Carrying a Concealed Weapon

Carrying a concealed firearm or knife "about your person" without proper permits is a class 2 misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail or a fine of up to $1,000. In legal terms, "concealed" means that the weapon cannot be seen "by ordinary observation," while "about the person" means that the weapon is close enough for immediate use.

Legal Citation: C.R.S. 18-12-105

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Unlawful Purchase of a Firearm

There are multiple licensing and registration requirements a vendor must meet in order to legally buy and sell firearms. Additionally, it is illegal to purchase a firearm with the intent of giving it to a person who is not legally permitted to have it. Doing so is considered a class 4 felony, punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000. 

Legal Citation: C.R.S. 18-12-111

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The Stakes Are High

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Being found guilty of a felony will forever alter your life. Convicted felons can have difficulty finding jobs, getting approved for apartments, and gaining or maintaining custody of their children. Contact our team so we can help you avoid these consequences.

Weapons and Other Criminal Charges

The possession of a weapon can have major implications on other types of criminal cases. For example, in crimes like assault or robbery, the involvement of a weapon can escalate those charges from misdemeanors to felonies.

Also, if you are already a convicted felon and you are found with an illegal firearm, the penalties you face are significantly higher.

Our defense attorneys represent men accused of all kinds of crimes, and we represent men with criminal records. Whatever charges you are facing in court, we encourage you to contact us today.

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My experience working with Kaitlyn Wright has been nothing but  phenomenal. During the case she kept me well informed and did an excellent job representing me in court. I would highly recommend the Dadvocates as a father for they know the law well and how to help dads in their hardest of times.

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Roshanda Gavin


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After years of fighting for visitation rights, my brother was not only awarded those rights but joint legal custody as well. Samara and her team are very knowledgeable, persistent, and professional. If you need legal representation that will fight for you and get the job done this team is who I recommend. You won’t be disappointed. Our family is forever grateful for all the hard work and dedication from this firm. Thanks again and many blessings upon your family for bridging the gap in ours.

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The Dadvocates are the only lawyers exclusively focused on protecting the rights of fathers. Our attorneys have received awards and prestigious recognitions from Super Lawyers, Avvo, and the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. We assist dads in a variety of legal matters, including:

You can request a consultation with our firm by filling out our online form or calling (720) 749-2876.

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