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Gun Crimes in Lowell, Massachusetts

If someone is accusing you of committing a gun crime in Lowell, Massachusetts, you need a dedicated and aggressive criminal defense attorney. Legal representation as a defendant in a gun crime case in Lowell could change your future. A lawyer from Spring & Spring can help you protect your rights, including the right to bear arms, as well as your freedom.

Attorney Chris Spring is:

  • An experienced and committed criminal defense lawyer.
  • A former prosecutor in Middlesex County who prosecuted cases in Lowell District and Lowell Superior Courts.
  • A defense lawyer in Lowell who is transparent with his fees.

Chris has successfully resolved hundreds of criminal cases throughout the Commonwealth, including many gun crime cases. He understands how these cases work and how to navigate the applicable state and municipal laws. Contact us to find out how we can help you.

What Are Gun Crimes? Are They the Same as Gun Violence?

A gun crime can describe any violation of state or federal law involving a firearm. It can refer to simply owning a gun, in some situations. Gun crimes are not the same as violent crimes or even gun violence. Violent crimes in Massachusetts, such as aggravated assault or homicide, are different than gun crimes on a fundamental level. Gun crimes in the Commonwealth include:

  • Possessing a firearm or ammunition without a permit
  • Carrying a firearm without a valid license to carry
  • Bringing a firearm into a place where it is forbidden, such as an airport or sports stadium
  • Possessing a firearm as a forbidden user (such as a convicted felon)
  • Illegally possessing chemical mace or a stun gun
  • Possessing a stolen firearm or a gun with a defaced serial number
  • Possessing a high-capacity firearm

These are examples of gun crimes that could lead to criminal charges against you in Lowell, Massachusetts. Examples of violent crimes, on the other hand, are assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, homicide, manslaughter, and armed robbery.

The penalties for gun crimes vs. violent crimes are different in Massachusetts. The penalties for both can be severe, however, and include jail time and hefty fines. Hiring a lawyer from Spring & Spring could help you avoid the worst possible penalties for a gun crime in Lowell.

Do You Need to Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Lowell?

A gun crime conviction could have lifelong consequences. You may lose the right to bear arms, for example, or miss out on employment opportunities. You could also lose the right to vote, as well as your freedom. Hiring a Lowell gun crimes attorney, such as Chris Spring, can help you mitigate the charges against you. Your lawyer can file a motion to dismiss the charges, file a motion to suppress illegally-obtained evidence, work out a plea deal, or try the case in front of a jury.

A criminal defense lawyer in Lowell could potentially use many different strategies in your defense. Attorney Chris Spring will craft a personalized defense strategy based on facts such as:

  • Did the weapon satisfy the legal definition of a firearm?
  • Did the defendant know about the gun he is accused of carrying?
  • Was the gun properly secured and stored?
  • Was the gun loaded?

In general, a gun crime conviction requires the prosecution to prove that you knowingly and intentionally possessed a firearm while you were not at your home or business. If you had a license to carry or a firearm identification card, or if you did not know the weapon was in your possession, these could be defenses. 

Your lawyer will help you choose the strategy that makes the most sense for your case. Contact Spring & Spring today for a free consultation with our lead criminal defense attorney in Lowell, Massachusetts.