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What To Do If You Are Facing a Weapons Charge in Wisconsin 

Posted on in Criminal Law

shutterstock_143747824.jpgIn the state of Wisconsin, a weapons charge will likely either be classified as a felony or a misdemeanor. People who are found in possession of an illegal weapon will receive either a felony charge or a misdemeanor charge based on the specifics of their situation.

For example, someone who has been convicted of a felony in Wisconsin prior to being found in possession of a weapon will be charged with a Class G felony. On the other hand, an individual who is found in possession of a weapon in Wisconsin will likely receive a misdemeanor charge if their illegal weapon possession coincides with another crime, such as failing to abide by a restraining order. 

Three Steps To Fight a Wisconsin Weapons Charge

No matter which type of weapons charge you are facing in the state of Wisconsin, there are three important steps that should be followed after being charged with the unlawful possession of an illegal weapon. 

1. Retain a Criminal Defense Attorney 

Everyone has the right to represent themselves in court. However, it is often in your best interest to hire a lawyer who has experience taking on cases like yours. In the event of a weapons charge, the best lawyer for you will be one who practices criminal law with an emphasis on building a case in their clients’ defense. 

2. Understand Your Circumstances From a Legal Standpoint 

Once you have hired a criminal defense lawyer, the next step is to provide your attorney with the facts and evidence from the event in question. Do not hide any information from your lawyer. The attorney you hire to represent you needs to know as much information as possible so that he or she is not surprised in court.  

3. Build and Present a Case in Court 

You will work with your attorney to learn about how to answer questions from prosecutors, respond to the judge, and relay the events that took place right before you were charged with unlawful possession of a weapon. Your attorney will inform you about how to conduct yourself before the judge and let you know what to expect when presenting your case in court.

Contact a Waukesha County Weapons Charge Attorney Today

At Wolff & Sonderhouse, LLP, we understand how daunting the process of facing a weapons charge can be. It might feel overwhelming to go up against a weapons charge not only alone but also if you do not have any pre-existing knowledge of the law. 

While you have every right to represent yourself in court, a better plan of action is to hire an Oconomowoc criminal defense attorney. With an experienced lawyer on your side, you will likely feel more assured and confident about your case. Go ahead and call 262-232-6699 today to schedule a free consultation with the weapons charge attorneys at Wolff & Sonderhouse, LLP. 



Source: 

https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/941/iii/29

 

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