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We Help People Facing Weapons Charges

The Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms. But a host of state and federal laws govern the proper use of firearms. Convictions carry penalties ranging from time in jail to harder time in prison, along with steep fines, probation, driving restrictions, house arrest and more. The laws are complex and vary widely between state and federal jurisdictions. Gun charges at either level require a skilled firearms attorney.

At Coates, Battle & Tyree, we defend individuals charged with a host of violations:

  • Carrying a weapon without a permit
  • Possessing an unregistered gun
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Brandishing a firearm
  • Making a false statement on a permit application
  • Being a minor and possessing a firearm
  • Being a felon in possession of a gun
  • Intentionally/recklessly discharging a weapon
  • Unlawfully using/selling a weapon
  • Having a loaded firearm in a vehicle
  • Illegally transporting weapons
  • Having automatic firearms or assault weapons in your possession

How Many Counts Could You Be Facing?

Under Virginia law, every shot illegally fired is a separate violation; firing five shots may constitute five counts of unlawful discharge. Shooting from a vehicle and at a vehicle are separate offenses as well. Firing two shots from one car at another car makes four criminal acts. Clearly, the law is complex and often unwieldy, and you will need an experienced gun laws attorney to see you through.

Our team of criminal and traffic law attorneys is a diverse group of experienced professionals:

Ericka Battle
Thomas F. Coates III

Have you been charged with gun violations? Call attorneys at Coates, Battle & Tyree at 804-729-5537 to discuss your circumstances, or write to us using our online form.