Richmond Weapons Charges Lawyer

Defending Against Weapon Charges in Virginia

Like drug crimes, weapons charges often boil down to whether the accused was actually in possession of the illegal weapon. A weapon may be illegal if it is concealed on one’s person, is stolen, or if the person possessing it is a convicted felon. Even mistakenly filling out a federal firearm purchase form incorrectly can be a Class 6 Felony, putting you at risk for 1-5 years in prison, or 12 months in jail and up to a $2,500 fine.

Types of Weapons Charges in Virginia

Other weapons charges in Virginia include:

  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
  • Possession of a Firearm while Possessing Illegal Drugs
  • Use of a Firearm to Commit a Crime of Violence
  • Possessing a Weapon on School Property
  • Brandishing a Firearm
  • False Statements on Firearm Purchase Form

Unlawful possession of a weapon can result in mandatory prison time and can escalate the seriousness of other criminal charges. Virginia does not use the approach many other states use when defining aggravated assault. However, Virginia long-ago adopted the motto, “Use a gun, go to jail,” and the prosecutors mean it.

Contact Our Richmond Weapon Charges Attorney Today

The Richmond weapons charges attorney at the Law Office of Paul C. Galanides, P.C. wants to ensure that you don't pay the penalty for a potentially innocent mistake. As a former prosecutor and a former public defender, Mr. Galanides understands what the state's case against you might look like. He knows what prosecutors are looking for, making him an effective and invaluable ally for the accused. For 27 years, he has helped his clients protect their liberty and their future by crafting innovative and effective defenses suited to each client's needs and goals. He can help you too.

Call (804) 977-0110 or contact him online to schedule a free initial consultation. Get answers to your questions and learn your legal options at no cost—call today!


“I'm inspired to fight for the rights our constitution guarantees us, and to attempt to truly make a difference.”

- Paul C. Galanides
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