The right to bear arms is not absolute. Both North Carolina and the federal government have passed laws that limit who may carry a gun. A weapons violation can be a simple misdemeanor or a serious felony.

Sentencing for weapons offenses can vary greatly depending on the specifics of the alleged crime. North Carolina law allows for enhanced sentences (longer terms) when a weapon is used during another crime. Contact Marcilliat & Mills PLLC, online or call our Charlotte office to schedule a free meeting with one of our defense attorneys if you are facing gun charges.

Effective Defense Against State Or Federal Weapon Charges

At Marcilliat & Mills PLLC, our Raleigh criminal defense lawyers represent individuals charged with:

  • Concealed-carry violations. Possessing a weapon, including a gun, bowie knife, stun gun or brass knuckles without a permit when you are not on your own property is illegal.
  • Carrying a weapon into a bar or other establishment where alcohol is sold.
  • Possessing a weapon on school property.
  • Using a firearm during the commission of a felony or drug crime, including armed robbery, felony aggravated assault, assault with a deadly weapon
  • Using a firearm to commit a federal drug crime
  • Possessing a weapon after being convicted of a felony
  • Selling illegal firearms

Defending Against Harsh Gun Violations Penalties

Being charged with a federal weapons violation is a serious crime. Depending on the specific situation, such as how the gun was used and the exact charge, the penalties can vary. A typical federal weapon charge is punishable by up to $10,000 in fines and years in prison. Subsequent gun offenses or using a weapon in the commission of another crime can mean substantially stiffer penalties.

At Marcilliat & Mills PLLC we represent clients with the following legal services also:

Contact Marcilliat & Mills PLLC, by e-mail or by phone at 919-838-6643 if you are facing weapons charges in North Carolina.

State v. B.S.: Not Guilty Verdict in First Degree Murder Case.

In this case, our client was charged with First Degree Murder in connection with a “drive by” shooting that occurred in Charlotte, NC. The State’s evidence included GPS ankle monitoring data linking our client was at the scene of the crime and evidence that our client confessed to an inmate while in jail. Nonetheless, we convinced a jury to unanimously find our client Not Guilty. He was released from jail the same day.

State v. S.G.: First Degree Murder Charge Dismissed.

Our client was charged with First Degree for the shooting death related to an alleged breaking and entering. The State’s evidence included a co-defendant alleging that our client was the shooter. After conducting a thorough investigation with the use of a private investigator, we persuaded the State to dismiss entirely the case against our client.

State v. B.D.: First Degree Murder Charged Dismissed.

After conducting an investigation and communicating with prosecutor about the facts and circumstances indicating that our client acted in self-defense, the case was dismissed and deemed a justifiable homicide.

State v. I.R.: Reduction from First Degree Murder to Involuntary Manslaughter and Concealment of Death.

Our client was charged with the First Degree Murder of a young lady by drug overdose. After investigating the decedent’s background and hiring a preeminent expert toxicologist to fight the State’s theory of death, we were able to negotiate this case down from Life in prison to 5 years in prison, with credit for time served.

State v. J.G.:

Our client was charged with First Degree Murder related to a “drug deal gone bad.” After engaging the services of a private investigator and noting issues with the State’s case, we were able to negotiate a plea for our client that avoided a Life sentence and required him to serve only 12 years.