Phoenix Gun Crime Attorney

Guns and flagGun related violence has been on the rise in recent years. High profile shootings and other such events require prosecutors to take a hard-line stance against offenses involving firearms. This means that many prosecutors will aggressively pursue any crime involving a weapon. If you are a Phoenix, Arizona resident and find yourself facing gun charges then you need a criminal defense lawyer who will fight equally hard on your behalf. Bretton Barber understands the seriousness of such situations and gives these types of cases the attention and respect which they deserve. Contact us today to speak with a Phoenix gun crime attorney.

Gun crime lawyer assisting those in Phoenix, Arizona and throughout Maricopa County

Federal law makes it illegal for one to possess a firearm after they have been convicted for domestic violence or a felony of any kind. Arizona also classifies a number of weapon-related offenses as “misconduct involving a weapon.” Depending on the offense one may be facing a state misdemeanor or a felony. Common acts which are charged as this type of misconduct include:

  • Possession of a weapon following a felony conviction
  • Possession of a weapon after being convicted of domestic violence or on probation
  • Selling or transferring a deadly weapon to a person who is prohibited to own or possess one
  • Selling a weapon to a person who the seller has reason to know is purchasing the weapon for a person who is prohibited to own or possess one (AKA straw purchase)
  • Possessing a deadly weapon on school grounds
  • Defacing or knowingly being in possession of a defaced deadly weapon

Defendants who face such charges often face additional counts as well. This can include, for example, charges for selling narcotics being brought in conjunction with charges for illegally possessing a firearm. If a defendant is convicted in a multi-count case then they are often facing a lengthy prison sentence.

Gun-related charges will begin with the prosecutor gaining an Indictment or with a preliminary hearing. A trial date will be set after the entry of a “not guilty” plea. Defense counsel may file any necessary Motions in between the arraignment and the time of trial. One such Motion may be a request to have the gun excluded from evidence due to an illegal search or seizure by law enforcement. Given that such charges sometimes hinge on search and seizure issues, winning such a Motion to exclude the gun may lead to a dismissal of the charge. It is crucial to your defense, therefore, to hire an attorney who is versed in search and seizure law. Doing so can make the difference between your case being dismissed and your going to prison.

Bretton Barber is an aggressive Phoenix, Arizona gun crime lawyer who protects the rights of the accused. He will quickly analyze the police reports, as well as other relevant evidence, in order to determine if your Fourth Amendment rights were violated when the firearm was found. If such is the case then he will file a Motion to Suppress Unlawfully Seized Evidence. The Court will hold an evidentiary hearing in regards to the Motion and the arresting officer will testify at this hearing. If this Motion is denied then he will explore other defenses as part of his trial strategy. This is a serious offense and you need counsel who will take the charge seriously. Contact us online or by telephone today for an initial consultation.

We also represent defendants in other Maricopa County cities such as Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Gilbert. We also assist Pima County residents in Tucson.

Defending Phoenix residents alleged to have used a gun while committing other crimes

It is common for the state of Arizona to charge Phoenix residents with a gun-related charge if the firearm was used during the commission of another crime. The firearm will also lead to any other charges being elevated. Common examples include cases of robbery, domestic violence, and assault. Furthermore, as stated above, carrying a firearm when one is a convicted felon can result in federal criminal charges. If you have found yourself in such a situation then we are ready to assist you. Call our lawyer today.