Americans’ views about gun control and gun ownership are diverse – and often passionate. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The Amendment is relatively brief and clear. Even so, the right to bear arms is not an absolute right but a conditional right for Americans. Both the federal and state government can limit or regulate this right, and many states have already done so.

Unfortunately, some law-abiding citizens’ freedom can be threatened if they are carrying a firearm while protecting their right to defend themselves from criminals.

If you or a loved one have been charged with a gun-related crime, you should seriously consider contacting an experienced gun lawyer as soon as possible. State and federal gun laws are confusing, and they often carry lengthy jail sentences. This is not the time to save money and defend yourself. The stakes are simply too high.

Why hire a criminal gun attorney?

Legal Knowledge. An experienced criminal attorney will be familiar with the law, the legal process and criminal trials – and have relationships with the prosecuting attorneys who try them and the judges who preside over them. That often works to their client’s benefit.

Interviews with Law Enforcement. It’s almost always best to have a legal representative with you when being questioned by the police. Many defendants who do not have a lawyer present during these interviews often discover that their words were used against them in court.

Investigate the Crime. Criminal attorneys and their teams are experts at conducting their own investigation into the crime, interviewing potential witnesses and reviewing the facts. This helps them provide the best advice to their clients in preparation for the trial.

Delay the Rush to Judgment. When guns are involved in a crime, there can be a public rush to judgment and conviction, even when the evidence doesn’t support a conviction. An experienced attorney will use the law, the evidence and courtroom strategy to slow down the process, when needed, and make sure your rights are protected.

Protecting Your Constitutional Rights. Your attorney will look carefully at whether the police (knowingly or unknowingly) violated your constitutional rights when seeking to find the gun (e.g.,  an improper search and seizure, lack of probable cause, etc.).

There are several options to consider when searching for a gun attorney, as a firearms lawyer in Flint, MI, from a firm like Olesko Law Firm, PLLC, can explain.