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Illegal Discharge of a Firearm Law in Jefferson County | Criminal Defense

illegal-discharge-firearm-law-omalley-and-sawyer-llc.jpegThe illegal discharge of a firearm law in Jefferson County, Colorado makes it unlawful to fire a gun into an occupied building or vehicle. This charge often results from someone accidentally shooting a round from their gun while cleaning the weapon or showing it to another person. While this law is meant to enhance public safety, people making innocent mistakes are charged too frequently. Seeking skilled criminal defense is of the utmost importance when facing charges of illegally firing a weapon in Colorado.

What is Illegal Discharge of a Firearm in Jeffco?

Illegal discharge of a firearm in Colorado is addressed in CRS 18-12-107.5. You commit this firearm offense in Lakewood, Golden, or Arvada if you:

  • knowingly or recklessly,
  • shoot a gun or other firearm,
  • into a home, car, or other occupied structure

Whether the situation involves cleaning a firearm, forgetting the lock, or mistakenly firing, law enforcement will observe the circumstances and charge as severely as possible. While your case may more accurately fit the definition of prohibited use of weapons, police often press for the more serious charge.

Is Illegal Discharge a Felony in Colorado?

Even if a bullet from your firearm grazes the roof of a dwelling, you can be charged with a felony in the state of Colorado. Penalties for conviction of illegal discharge of a firearm include up to 3 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections, as well as fines of $1,000 - $100,000. You will also lose the ability to own or possess a gun moving forward. As a convicted felon, you may face difficulties keeping your current job or finding a new position after being let go.

Jefferson County Criminal Lawyer for Firearm Crimes

If you're facing allegations of illegally firing a gun in Colorado, you have the right to fight the charges. We specialize in firearm rights and crimes and passionately defend our client's second amendment rights. Perhaps you didn't know the gun was loaded or it went off by accident. Nevertheless, contact our office for a free initial consultation. Our experienced defense attorneys will carefully look over your unique case and recommend next steps in your defense. We offer same-day jail visits, affordable fees, and flexible payment plans for those facing gun charges throughout Colorado.

If you or someone you know has been accused of illegal discharge of a firearm in Colorado, be smart. Contact the aggressive criminal lawyers at O'Malley and Sawyer, LLC at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future. 

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