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Can a Massachusetts Firearm Charge be Dropped?

A man in Boston was recently charged with possession of a firearm without a license as well as improper firearm storage, possession of ammunition, assault utilizing a deadly weapon, disturbing a public assembly, and operating following revocation of a license. 

The man in question is a father who pulled out a firearm at a basketball tournament held in Westford. The man’s bail was later set at $1,000 and then revoked. The man was arrested after law enforcement responded to a call concerning a disturbance. Following law enforcement’s arrival at the scene, witnesses informed them that the man with the gun had fled the scene. Law enforcement was later able to locate the man’s vehicle.

The district attorney’s office later stated that additional investigation revealed that the man’s son was participating in a basketball tournament when the man got into a fight with a parent of an opposing team member. The man in question allegedly displayed a firearm to the opposing parent. Due to the fight, participants left the facility. Videos later posted on social media reveal people ran from the facility after hearing shouts informing others that a firearm was present. 

Police report that shots were not fired. One parent, however, states that there was “more than a disturbance” and children were visibly upset and crying.

If Massachusetts Law Enforcement Questions You About a Firearm 

One of the first steps that you should take if the police begin questioning you about your firearm is to be safe. Being approached by law enforcement has the potential to quickly evolve into a volatile situation. 

If you have any paperwork detailing your right to carry a firearm, you should make sure to provide this documentation to law enforcement. You also should not be afraid to utilize your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent if you are questioned by law enforcement. Gun charges are extremely serious and remaining calm during your encounter with law enforcement can greatly improve the outcome of your situation.

Ask for Help

If you do end up facing firearm charges, one of the best things that you can do is contact a criminal attorney who can help you review your various strategies for responding to the charge. Attorney Molari has helped countless people respond to and achieve successful outcomes with firearm cases.

When it comes to creating a strategy to respond to firearm charges, you should not hesitate to share all critical details with your lawyer. Do not attempt to hide or gloss over any aspect of your situation when speaking with your attorney. 

Contact a Firearm Defense Attorney

Firearm charges can be dropped, but it is not easy to achieve this. If you are interested in having a firearm charge dismissed, one of the best first steps you can take is to speak with an experienced attorney.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a firearm offense in Massachusetts, you should consider contacting an experienced criminal defense attorney. Reach out to attorney Edward R Molari today.