If you need possession of a firearm by felon defense, criminal defense lawyer Matthew R. Meyer and criminal defense lawyer Benjamin T. Van Severen may be able to help. Like all offenses involving firearms, being a felon in possession of a firearm carries serious penalties. In Wisconsin the crime is a Class G felony, carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years prison, a $25,000.00 fine, or both. Often prosecutors request prison sentences in these cases. Clearly having competent and aggressive possession of a firearm by felon defense counsel is of the utmost importance. Hiring a defense attorney like Meyer or Van Severen may significantly improve your chances at beating your case. We’re experienced defending these cases at trial.
Section 941.29(1)(a) of the Wisconsin Statutes prohibits felons from possessing firearms. In order to prove that the defendant committed this crime two things must be shown:
1) The defendant possessed a firearm
2) The defendant had been convicted of a felony before the date of the offense.
The term firearm refers to a weapon which acts by the force of gunpowder – it isn’t necessary that the firearm be loaded or unloaded. Possession of the firearm means that the defendant knowingly had actual physical control of a firearm. Alternatively, possession can be shown when the firearm is found in an area the defendant controls, and the defendant intends to exercise control over that area. In order to prove possession of the firearm, the State does not need to show that the defendant owned the firearm.
Finally, possession may be shared by more than one person. More than one person can exercise control of the item. It does not matter than both individuals can exercise control over the same item at the same time.
Milwaukee defense lawyers Matt Meyer and Ben Van Severen regularly defend felon in possession of a firearm cases at jury trial. Juries can be touchy when listening to cases involving guns. Your defense attorney should understand how to handle juries when defending this issue. When your life is on the line it’s important that your criminal attorney knows exactly what he is doing. Hiring skilled attorneys like those at Meyer Van Severen, S.C. could mean the difference between winning and losing your case.
If you’re facing this serious crime, hiring a Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer may help. Meyer Van Severen, S.C. defends all gun crimes. Our criminal defense firm provides possession of a firearm by felon defense. If you’re facing this charge, or any other charge, contact our law firm at (414) 270-0202 to discuss your case.