Massachusetts has strict gun and weapons possession laws. If you are convicted of carrying a firearm without an F.I.D card, you face a mandatory minimum eighteen-month house-of-correction sentence. A mandatory minimum sentence means that the judge has no discretion to impose a lighter sentence or to provide probation. The minimum mandatory penalties are heightened if you have prior convictions for similar offenses.
You could be charged with unlawful possession of a firearm if you are stopped with a handgun in your car without having in your possession a firearms identification (F.I.D.) card. You could also be charged with unlawful possession of a weapon for carrying such items as a stiletto, dagger, dirk knife, ballistic knife, switch knife, a switch blade, any knife with a double-edged blade, a slingshot, a slung shot, blowgun, blackjack, or metallic knuckles, nunchaku, zoobow, also known as klackers or kung fu sticks, a shuriken, or a manrikigusari.
Protecting Your Rights
As experienced Boston illegal gun possession defense attorney, David Yannetti and his associates have successfully defended these cases by filing and arguing a motion to suppress the weapon or firearm from evidence. Any citizen in the United States has a right to be free from unlawful searches and seizure pursuant to the 4th amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights. An experienced and skilled attorney may successfully challenge a police stop of a car or a police search of a house or a person. If a motion to suppress evidence fails, a defense lawyer may still persuade a judge or jury that reasonable doubt exists regarding his client’s knowing, intentional and unlawful possession of the weapon.