The use of firearms in many situations is protected by the Second Amendment, in Iowa and the rest of the United States. But if you have been charged with using a gun, knife or other weapon while committing a crime, both the charges against you and the potential sentence become much harsher.

The attorneys at M. Victoria Cole Law Firm P.C. will help you build a legal strategy tailored to the details of your case. Were you merely carrying a weapon when a crime occurred, without using it to threaten anyone? Was your firearm unloaded? Was a utility knife or other object unfairly classified as a weapon?

How Use Of A Weapon Changes A Violent Crime Case

The presence of a weapon almost always escalates the charges against a defendant — in some cases this mean the difference between a misdemeanor and a more serious felony. An armed (or aggravated) robbery, for instance, carries much stiffer penalties than a simple (unarmed) robbery.

Experienced Criminal Defense In Eastern Iowa

When you hire us to defend you against a criminal charge, we will conduct a thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances surrounding your arrest. We will look at how police gathered evidence against you, including whether there was probable cause for any search, seizure or arrest. We will question witnesses, review police reports and work directly with you to identify and develop all effective defenses.

For a confidential consultation with an experienced Cedar Rapids criminal law lawyer, contact us online or call us at 319-261-2600.