Unlawful Possession of Weapons Lawyer in Larimer County

Have you been charged with Unlawful Possession of a Concealed Weapon? Read more about these charges here and how the best criminal defense lawyers can help.
For sports like hunting or fishing, weapons like firearms or knives are legal to carry with the proper permits. Even a knife with a blade less than 3.5 inches in length, which some people need for their job, is allowable. However, there are many weapons, which are by law illegal to carry and can get a person charged with the crime of Unlawful Possession of Weapons / Carrying a Concealed Weapon.

What is Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in Fort Collins?

Colorado law defines C.R.S. 18-12-105 – Unlawfully Carrying a Concealed Weapon / Unlawful Possession of Weapons – as:

A person commits a class 2 misdemeanor if such person knowingly and unlawfully:

(a) Carries a knife concealed on or about his or her person; or

(b) Carries a firearm concealed on or about his or her person; or

(c) Without legal authority, carries, brings, or has in such person’s possession a firearm or any explosive, incendiary, or other dangerous device on the property of or within any building in which the chambers, galleries, or offices of the general assembly, or either house thereof, are located, or in which a legislative hearing or meeting is being or is to be conducted, or in which the official office of any member, officer, or employee of the general assembly is located.

Essentially, a person can be charged with this crime in Fort Collins, Loveland and Estes Park if he or she knowingly and unlawfully carries a knife or firearm.

What Are the Exceptions to the Unlawful Possession of Weapons in Larimer County?

Luckily, there are some exceptions, which make possession a weapon legal in Larimer, Boulder, and Grand County. The following situations are exemptions to this law:

(a) A person is in his or her own dwelling or place of business or on property under his or her control at the time of the act of carrying; or

(b) A person is in a private automobile or other private means of conveyance who carries a weapon for lawful protection of such person or another person or property while traveling; or

(c) A person who, at the time of carrying a concealed weapon, held a valid written permit to carry a concealed weapon

What is the Punishment for Unlawful Possession of Weapons?

Possession of a Concealed Weapon is a class 2 misdemeanor, which is punishable with:

However, the punishment can be worse if the person in possession of the weapon is a previous offender. In this case, the added charge of Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender may be added. Any time a person has a previous conviction, the sentencing can be increased.

Unlawful Possession of Weapons is a serious offense, and not one to take lightly. The experienced criminal defense attorneys from the O’Malley Law Office have successfully defended many clients charged with this crime. We work tirelessly to minimize or eliminate the harmful effects of having a criminal history.

If you or a loved one has been contacted by the police about a Weapons charge, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent and call our professional defense team. Here at the O’Malley Law Office, P.C., we’ve successfully defended clients against charges of possession of a concealed weapon. Contact us today at 970-658-0007 to set up your free consultation. Together, we can protect your future.