Milwaukee Transportation of a Loaded Firearm in a Vehicle Defense Lawyers
The Second Amendment to the Constitution protects our right to bear arms. There are other federal and state laws, however, that restrict firearm use to ensure that people wield these weapons safely. In Wisconsin, it is illegal to transport a loaded firearm in a car, truck, boat, airplane, or another vehicle. Violations of these laws are taken seriously and can have long-term consequences. If you have been charged with transporting a loaded firearm in a vehicle, you have rights and can take steps to defend yourself.
The state of Wisconsin requires that every gun owner have a concealed carry license. Despite the fact that Wisconsin allows open carry with a license in many public and private spaces, there are many buildings, facilities, and areas in the state where open and concealed carry are illegal.
For conscientious and responsible gun owners, being charged with possession of a firearm can come as a shock. The complex nature of state and federal laws governing the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms leaves ample room for misunderstanding, on both the part of officers enforcing these laws and the citizens charged with violating them.
One of the places where gun-carrying laws are limited by state regulation is within a vehicle. Like other state firearm rules, laws about transporting weapons are complicated. In short, Wisconsin prohibits the carrying of a firearm in vehicles, including cars, all-terrain vehicles, planes, and boats.
These laws are limited by certain qualifications. You are permitted to carry a weapon in any car if the vehicle is stationary. In boats, however, the motor may be running. In planes, weapons must be placed in closed cases regardless of whether the plane is in motion. If in any of these vehicles the weapon is unloaded, it is legal to carry it with a license.
Many factors are at work in Wisconsin laws guiding the transportation of firearms. An attorney can build a case based on any of these elements, depending on the case:
- Proof that the weapon was unloaded
- Proof that the vehicle was stationary
- Proof that the weapon was enclosed in a carrying case
- Proof that the weapon was out of reach
The most important and relevant aspect is that the weapon is unloaded.
There are exceptions to these rules. Individuals with licenses may bear arms on their own property. Active duty law-enforcement and military officers are permitted to carry weapons in vehicles in Wisconsin.
Transporting a firearm is a serious offense that can range from a fine to a criminal conviction.
If you or a loved one has been charged with transportation of a loaded firearm in a vehicle, you need to have someone in your corner. The skilled Milwaukee transportation of a loaded firearm defense lawyers at Hart Powell, S.C. have experience handling these kinds of cases and will help you fight the charges against you. Always exercise your right to remain silent until you have spoken to a member of our team. Contact us today at (414) 271-9595 to learn more about how we can help you.
Do I Need to Consult a Criminal Defense Lawyer?
Illegal incidents involving firearms are taken very seriously in Wisconsin. Being charged with breaking a firearm law can result in fines, probation, and even jail time. These consequences can negatively affect you and your family for years to come. It is essential to consult a lawyer to fight the serious charges you might be facing.
Working with a lawyer can reduce or eliminate the consequences of these charges against you. Through their experience and knowledge of the law, they will know the best defense to use in your situation. An experienced attorney knows what will be effective and what might not be. They can also handle the confusing and complicated legal proceedings on your behalf while working toward the best possible outcome for your case. By gathering evidence, speaking with the police, interrogating witnesses, consulting the law, and performing research, a lawyer can build a strong and convincing case that could affect the outcome of your trial. Sometimes, through their own research, attorneys can even uncover new evidence that can help their client.
An attorney can help you interpret confusing state laws and explain the potential consequences of transportation of a loaded firearm specific to your case. Hart Powell attorneys have a deep knowledge of the state and federal law, including regulations that have evolved in recent years. In the wake of a charge related to carrying weapons, you need to have someone on your side with an intimate understanding of these laws and the events leading up to your charge.
After an incident, it is important that you do not admit anything to the police. You are innocent until proven guilty by trial, and anything you can say will be used in court against you. Even though it might seem harmless, especially if you are innocent, admitting or saying certain things to the police or witnesses can hurt your case. It is essential to consult a lawyer who can help you navigate these conversations. Drawing upon their legal knowledge, a lawyer knows what will help and what will hurt your case. They will look out for your best interests and guide you through all legal proceedings. With a lawyer’s help, you are more likely to reach the optimal outcome for your case, whether that means a plea bargain, a not guilty verdict, or dropped charges.
Why Choose Hart Powell, S.C.?
We understand that being charged with a criminal offense can be frightening. With the threat of jail, fines, or probation, you might not know where to turn next. Building a strong legal case requires an extensive understanding of the law, knowledge of possible defenses, and a lot of time and effort. This process can be stressful and scary.
We also realize that choosing the right law firm can be difficult. Many firms in the state of Wisconsin offer services related to firearm transportation charges. However, few bring to the table the wealth of experience and the proven skill that Hart Powell attorneys offer to all of our clients. A skilled lawyer can make the difference between a conviction and an acquittal, so you’ll want to make sure that you have the best representation possible. An attorney will give your case the attention it deserves and won’t stop fighting on your behalf.
No one will fight harder for you than our team at Hart Powell, S.C.. Founded in 1993, we have been proudly defending the people of Milwaukee for over 30 years. During this time, we have worked passionately and tirelessly to defend our clients against criminal charges, winning a multitude of cases and getting clients’ charges reduced or dropped. Through our efforts, we have helped many clients put these incidents behind them, and we can help you too. While working on your case, our team will draw upon our legal knowledge, past experiences, and ample resources to build a strong and effective defense. We will fight with everything we have to defend you.
At Hart Powell, S.C., we believe in putting our clients first. We understand the challenges and stress you might be facing given the charges against you, and we strive throughout the process to make sure that our clients are comfortable. We know that every case and client is different. That is why we make it a point to get to know our clients and keep their best interests at the forefront of our minds. We want to see you succeed and return to life as usual. One incident should not define the rest of your life. Contact our team today to see how we can help fight the criminal charges pending against you.
Types of Cases We Handle
There are many circumstances in which you might have a loaded firearm present in a vehicle — from going on a camping trip to carrying a concealed handgun. It is easy to forget that a weapon is loaded or in the vehicle at all. While transporting a loaded firearm in a vehicle is illegal, there are some possible defenses against these charges. The transportation of firearm cases that our seasoned attorneys have taken on include but are not exclusive to the following:
- Transportation of a loaded firearm in a car or truck
- Transportation of a loaded firearm in a boat
- Transportation of a loaded firearm in a bus
- Transportation of a loaded firearm in an airplane
The circumstances of each case are unique, and there may be defenses available to you. Our talented team can determine the right defense for your circumstances.
Contact Us Today
If you have been charged with the illegal transportation of a firearm in a vehicle, you should seek legal counsel. Criminal charges can have devastating consequences on your life, but they don’t have to. A lawyer can help you work through these charges and return to normal life. At Hart Powell, S.C., we will fight tirelessly to defend you against these charges, pulling on our considerable experience and extensive knowledge. You do not have to face these charges alone. Let us help. Call today at (414) 271-9595 or reach out online to schedule a free, confidential consultation with one of our experienced firearm crime defense lawyers.