Weapon Crimes in Utah: A Quick 101

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When it comes to breaking the law, adding a weapon into the equation usually escalates the situation. In general, residents of Utah enjoy a good reputation for responsible gun ownership. This is enforced by strict gun and weapon laws that dictate what’s allowed, and the punishments if these rules are broken. Whenever someone is charged with a weapons offense, it can lead to extreme consequences. This is one of the main reasons why it is critical to have an experienced attorney on your side.

What are the types of gun violations?

There are countless situations in which a weapons offense can occur. Here is a shortlist of typical cases we see at our firm.

  1. Using a weapon while carrying out another crime. This can include carrying a firearm while committing a robbery or having a gun on your person while buying or selling drugs.
  2. Having a gun in an area where there is a strict restriction. This includes having a weapon on your person or in your vehicle while at the airport or a school. An experienced weapons defense attorney can help analyze your case’s details to help minimize the charges you may be facing.
  3. Improper discharge of a firearm. One example of this is that Utah makes it illegal to discharge a gun while in a vehicle. This is true even if no one was hurt or placed in immediate danger. Charges for these infractions can be quite severe whether or not it was intentional or an accident.
  4. Brandishing a weapon or reckless endangerment. A wide range of situations can constitute a violation of these restrictions. Generally, when standard safety regulations have been violated, people are liable to be charged with a gun-related endangerment crime.

Should I consider hiring an attorney?

Whenever you have been charged with a crime, knowledge, and information is your best friend. Gun offenses are serious, and it is not something you should face alone. That is why our lawyers are happy to offer a case review. During this meeting, you will understand where you are in the eyes of the law. This includes the potential charges and punishments you face and what can be done to reduce your charges or potentially have them dropper. If you are a resident of Salt Lake City, don’t face a weapons charge by yourself. Contact our office at 801-987-8409 to speak with an attorney or legal professional.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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