Massachusetts has some of the strictest firearms laws in the country. If convicted of gun charges, penalties can include lengthy mandatory minimum sentences in the house of correction or state prison. Because of the significant potential consequences, a person charged with a gun offense must make every legal effort to avoid conviction.
Firearms charges come in various forms, including possession without a firearm identification card (FID), carrying without a license to carry (LTC), possession of a sawed-off shotgun, possession of a large-capacity weapon, or illegal distribution of firearms. When combined with a drug or violent offense, the consequences for a firearms conviction can be even greater than usual. A prior record for drug offenses or violent crimes can lead to a so-called Armed Career Criminal (ACC) sentencing enhancement, which dramatically raises the stakes of any firearms case.
No matter the charge, the significant consequences attached to firearms convictions require excellent representation from an experienced attorney ready to fight all the charges.