Gun violence in America – and finding solutions for gun violence – is a perennial crime problem, and in an effort to end gun violence, every state has a concealed carry law and a number of gun violence laws. If you are charged with violating weapon possession laws in the Seattle area, the Law Offices of Kevin Trombold can examine the particulars of your case, gather evidence and question witnesses, and advocate aggressively for the justice you need and deserve. Experienced Seattle gun crimes attorney Kevin Trombold will fight for your rights and use every available legal tool on your behalf. If the law in Washington prevents you from owning a gun and you are convicted of having a gun in your possession, the penalties are harsh. If you use a firearm or if weapon violence takes place while you are committing a crime in Washington, and if you are found guilty of that crime, you’ll be punished more harshly because a weapon was used.
GUN LAWS IN WASHINGTON
Washington has a number of different laws that regulate how firearms can be purchased, sold and carried by residents.
Washington residents can apply for a concealed carry permit as long as they are not under the age of 21, free on bond or personal recognizance pending trial, appeal or sentencing for a felony, wanted on an outstanding warrant for a felony or misdemeanor crime, a convicted felon, or facing orders from a Washington court to forfeit their firearms. Those who have had a prior concealed carry permit revoked also are not eligible for another permit.
If you do not have a concealed carry license, but you are found carrying a concealed firearm either on your body or in your vehicle, you may be charged with a misdemeanor that is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and fines of $1,000.
Washington prohibits the possession of any firearm while on the property of public or private elementary or secondary schools, school-provided transportation, or other facilities that are being exclusively used by a school.
The state also prohibits residents from possessing a firearm in a vehicle without a concealed carry license. In addition to having this license, the person cannot carry a handgun in a vehicle unless:
The firearm is on the licensee’s person
The licensee remains in the vehicle at all times that the gun is present
If the licensee has to leave the vehicle, the gun is safely locked within the vehicle and concealed from view
Washington prohibits anyone who has been found guilty or not guilty by reason of insanity for certain crimes from possessing a weapon if the crime was considered a domestic violence incident. Crimes are considered domestic violence based on the relationship between the defendant and the victim. The crimes that disqualify you from owning a firearm when committed as domestic violence include:
Assault in the fourth degree
Criminal trespass in the first degree
Violation of a protection order or no-contact restraining order
Washington also allows courts to order the forfeiture of guns in any of the following conditions:
A gun was found concealed on someone who was unauthorized to carry a concealed weapon
The gun was commercially sold to someone without an application required by law
The gun was found on someone who is not allowed to possess a weapon under state law
The gun was in someone’s possession and being displayed at the time that this person was arrested for committing a felony or misdemeanor crime
The gun was in the possession of someone who was found to be mentally incompetent under state law
The gun was in the possession of someone who was under the influence of alcohol or drugs in a place where a concealed carry permit is required
The gun was in the possession of someone who is free on bond or personal recognizance pending trial, appeal or sentencing for a felony or misdemeanor crime in which a weapon was displayed or used
Authorized law enforcement officers of the state or of any county or city may confiscate a firearm from an individual under any of these circumstances mentioned above.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a gun crime in Washington state, contact an experienced Seattle gun crimes attorney at the Law Offices of Kevin Trombold as soon as possible.
KNOWLEDGE AND TENACITY
For more than twenty years, experienced Seattle gun crimes attorney Kevin Trombold has defended scores of Seattle-area clients charged with a variety of serious gun crimes. Washington’s gun laws are intended to prevent gun violence and protect the victims of violence. However, if the state prohibits you from owning a firearm and you are convicted of a violation, the penalties are considerable. Nevertheless, being charged with a weapon violation is not the equivalent of a conviction, and if you are charged with illegally possessing a firearm, Seattle criminal defense attorney Kevin Trombold can examine the details of the case and ensure that the police acted legally and constitutionally. If they didn’t, or if you were mistakenly charged, attorney Kevin Trombold will fight aggressively for justice on your behalf.
THE INITIAL CONSULTATION IS FREE
If you’ve been accused of possessing a gun illegally or of committing a crime where a weapon was used, put an experienced criminal defense lawyer to work on your behalf. A weapon charge can ruin your life unless you get the right help fast from the right criminal defense attorney. Experienced Seattle criminal defense attorney Kevin Trombold and his legal staff work swiftly and aggressively to investigate gun crimes and to protect the rights of clients. With over twenty years of experience and a reputation for legal excellence respected by Seattle-area judges, prosecutors, and peers, defense attorney Kevin Trombold routinely wins not guilty verdicts, dismissals, and reduced charges. If you are charged with a gun crime in or near the Seattle area, contact the Law Offices of Kevin Trombold by calling 206-382-9200 as quickly as possible for a no-cost initial consultation.
Kevin Trombold is and excellent attorney. I found him easy to work with, responsive and friendly. He took time to understand my case and to get to know me as a person. I felt that he personally cared about my case and he was always quick to respond to my questions and concerns. I am more than satisfied with the results of my case. 🙂