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Weapons offenses can result from dangerous or deadly items used in the commission of crime or used in and of themselves to assault or injure another, which is itself a crime.  

All firearms are weapons, and some are “regulated.”  Based on a person’s history, he/she may be precluded from possessing a regulated firearm and it may not be simply a result of one’s criminal history. 

Md. Code Ann., Pub. Safety,  § 5-133(b) provides that a person may not possess a regulated firearm is the person:

(1)  has been convicted of a disqualifying crime;

(2)  has been convicted of a violation classified as a common law crime and received a term of imprisonment of more than 2 years;

(3)  is a fugitive from justice;

(4)  is a habitual drunkard;

(5)  is addicted to a controlled dangerous substance or is a habitual user;

(6)  suffers from a mental disorder as defined in § 10-101(i)(2) of the Health – General Article and has a history of violent behavior against the person or another;

(7)  has been found incompetent to stand trial under § 3-106 of the Criminal Procedure Article;

(8)  has been found not criminally responsible under § 3-110 of the Criminal Procedure Article;

(9)  has been voluntarily admitted for more than 30 consecutive days to a facility as defined in § 10-101 of the Health – General Article;

(10)  has been involuntarily committed to a facility as defined in § 10-101 of the Health – General Article;

(11)  is under the protection of a guardian appointed by a court under § 13-201(c) or § 13-705 of the Estates and Trusts Article, except for cases in which the appointment of a guardian is solely a result of a physical disability;

(12)  except as provided in subsection (e) of this section, is a respondent against whom:

(i)  a current non ex parte civil protective order has been entered under § 4-506 of the Family Law Article; or

(ii)  an order for protection, as defined in § 4-508.1 of the Family Law Article, has been issued by a court of another state or a Native American tribe and is in effect; or

(13)  if under the age of 30 years at the time of possession, has been adjudicated delinquent by a juvenile court for an act that would be a disqualifying crime if committed by an adult.

If convicted of possession of a regulated firearm by a disqualified person certain mandatory penalties apply.

Furthermore, individuals who are convicted of committing a crime involving the use of a firearm may be subject to an additional mandatory minimum sentence in addition to any other penalties already imposed.

Weapons Offenses Criminal Defense Attorneys

If you’ve been charged with possession of a gun, firearm, or other weapon, you need an experienced weapons offense criminal defense attorney who understands the complexities of the law and has the skill to mount the strongest possible case on your behalf.

The team at Craig M. Kadish & Associates, LLC has been helping clients avoid jail time and minimize criminal penalties for over three decades.

Without proper representation, someone charged with a weapons offense could be facing years of incarceration, so it is crucial to choose a weapons offense criminal defense attorney with extensive knowledge and experience.


Mr. Kadish has experience in every area of criminal defense, so no matter what charges you’re facing — he and his team have the skill, knowledge, and relationships to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

This is the firm you want on your side when your life, career, family, finances, and reputation are at risk.


Craig M. Kadish & Associates, LLC is an award-winning criminal defense practice with 30+ years of experience in all areas of criminal law.

If you’re facing legal charges, contact the team immediately. They’re available at all hours to help you navigate the challenging legal process and reach the best possible outcome.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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When you get arrested, the very first thing you should do is call an experienced, aggressive, highly skilled defense attorney. You don't want to call just any lawyer because some lawyers don't do criminal work. Some lawyers do criminal work, some of the time.

We do criminal work all of the time. So call us. Get us on the case immediately. Even if you're only being investigated for a crime and haven't been charged yet there is still time for us to help. Often we can keep you from being charged in the first place. 

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Are they experienced? Aggressive? Skillful? We are all those things. So make sure that when your freedom and your life are on the line that you contact us. 

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Call me and we can talk about whether or not your employer needs to know about your charges. 

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The fee is generally based on a number of factors; the criminal history of the defendant, the nature and the extent of the charges which you're facing,  the skill level of the attorney doing the defense work, their experience their expertise, as well as the high or low profile nature of the case (Is it in all the newspapers? Is it on television? Or is it a case that's flying under the radar?).

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