Who is Likely to Abuse the Possession of Weapons in Adams County?
The Possession of a Weapon by Previous Offender statute (C.R.S. 18-12-108) is designed to keep guns and other weapons out of the hands of people who are likely to abuse such possession. When Colorado law makers try to accomplish a goal like keeping weapons out of the hands of people who may abuse them, they cast a very large net. Therefore, instead of looking at whether a person ever used a weapon in the commission of a crime, they find it easier to pretend all convicted felons are dangerous and should never have possession of a weapon in Adams County or anywhere in Colorado. It does not matter if the offense was 30 years ago or if it was a non-violent crime, if you have a felony record you will never be permitted to hunt with a firearm in Colorado.
Possession of a Weapon by Previous Offender in Jefferson County Means Another Felony
If you live in Littleton or Morrison Colorado with an old felony and you are stopped by a Jefferson County deputy with a firearm, you will be arrested for Possession of a Weapon by Previous Offender. This can potentially add another class 6 felony to your record. It does not matter if your intentions weren’t bad or even if the weapon wasn’t loaded, being in possession of the weapon is all it takes.
Weapons Mean More Than Just Firearms in Douglas County
The Possession of a Weapon by Previous Offender statute is broad in another sense. It does not just mean firearms. It includes anything that is intended to be used as a weapon. There have been cases in Douglas County where people have been convicted under this statute for using a screwdriver or other common items. People with previous felonies should be aware that just about anything used in a threatening manner may be prosecuted under this statute.
There are Defenses for Possession of a Weapon by Previous Offender in Denver
If you or someone you care about has been charged with Possession of a Weapons by Previous Offender, there is hope. A good attorney knows how to raise Affirmative Defenses such as Choice of Evils and Self Defense when fighting for you. However, we do not recommend going against a professional prosecutor on your own. When fighting for your freedom, you need the best criminal defense attorneys in the Denver metro area at Sawyer Legal Group. Call us at 303-731-0719 for a free consultation and remember to be smart, exercise your right to remain silent. Together we can protect your future.