There are a variety of criminal weapons charges in Atlanta and throughout the state of Georgia. It is illegal to possess an unlawful firearm and illegal to utilize a weapon during the commission of a crime. Between those two crimes, there are multitudes of others. No matter what type of weapons charges someone incurs, there are penalties involved that can be life changing.
For example, carrying a concealed weapon that is not in full view is a misdemeanor for the first offense and punishable by up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine. Subsequent violations could result in higher fines and up to five years in prison. A felon who possesses a firearm is subject to five years in prison. If a person chooses to possess a firearm while they participate in a felony crime, they are facing an additional charge and face up to five years behind bars. This is in addition to penalties for the original crime.
How a person is punished once they are convicted of a gun crime will depend on the specific statute, sentencing requirements and judge presiding over the case. Most gun crime penalties result in some time in lock up.
When a person is injured by a gun during the commission of a crime, they have rights to compensation for injuries and more. An experienced personal injury attorney can review the unique circumstances of the case and advise a victim what they may qualify for in terms of compensation.