Portland, Oregon: Defense of Criminal Weapons Charges
Conviction for a criminal weapons charge can have serious negative consequences – depending on the circumstances of your case and the circumstances under which the police discovered the weapon.
The most serious charge is felon in possession of a firearm when prosecuted in federal court. If the United States Attorney can find evidence to support charging and prosecuting you as an armed career criminal, then you may face conviction in federal court as an armed career criminal – which carries a mandatory 15-year minimum prison sentence.
In both state and federal court if you are charged with a crime that involves the possession or use of a firearm during the commission of the underlying offense you may be facing far more serious penalties than if there was no related weapons charges.
If you are facing criminal weapons charges, it is critically important to get early help from experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorneys. You need to fight criminal weapons charges as early as possible and as strongly as possible – in order to have a fighting chance to beat the charges. You may need to explore avenues of challenging any prior convictions you have received in earlier cases in order to try to avoid the harsh sentencing provisions which apply in these cases.
Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyers
The law firm of Raivio, Kohlmetz & Steen, P.C., has focused its practice on providing extremely aggressive and high-quality criminal defense services to residents of Portland and the surrounding Northwest Oregon communities. Our attorneys bring to the table a combined 70 years of criminal defense experience, almost exclusively handling criminal matters in the Oregon courts.
Our lawyers are all licensed to practice in both state and federal court, and we have significant federal court experience. Our experience is often helpful to our clients facing weapons charges, as these cases are generally prosecuted in federal court.
We have handled the defense of a wide range of weapons charges, including felon in possession, armed career criminal charges, carrying a concealed firearm, unauthorized use of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Our attorneys have advanced knowledge in many aspects of criminal defense work – with the record of success to show for it. In addition to working full-time managing criminal defense cases on behalf of our clients, we have also been called upon to author chapters in the trial manuals used by criminal defense lawyers throughout Oregon.
General information about criminal law, criminal defense or the criminal justice system is available on the following pages of our Web site: Criminal Defense FAQ and Criminal Law Information Center. If, however, you have questions about a specific case, we urge you to contact our office as soon as possible.
Contact Raivio, Kohlmetz & Steen for a Free and Confidential Initial Consultation
All initial consultations are free. We will discuss fees in depth at the initial consultation and we will work with you to find a fee structure that is appropriate given the nature and complexity of the weapons charges case against you. We can negotiate flat rate fees or hourly-rate fees, depending again on the type of case.
In all cases, we make sure our clients always understand exactly what fees and costs they will pay for our services.
Contact our office today to schedule a free and confidential initial meeting. Call toll-free to 1-888-311-2016, or send us an e-mail.