Cedar City and St. George, Utah, Criminal Defense Attorneys for Weapons Charges

Brandishing a Weapon

In Utah it is illegal to intimidate, threaten or cause fear in another person by brandishing or showing a weapon to the victim. Here the offender attempts to imply that unless the victim complies with his demands, he may use the weapon. It is not necessary that the weapon be a firearm. It is equally unlawful to brandish a knife. It is also against the law to brandish an object to the victim intended to cause fear that the perpetrator is in possession of a weapon and could harm the victim.

Illegal Discharge

It is illegal to discharge a firearm in a public place where there is immediate threat of harm to someone's life. Illegal discharge is a crime filed in varying forms, such as shooting at a car or train, discharge at an inhabited dwelling or shooting from a vehicle. Even testing a weapon by shooting in the air can be charged as a felony if done in an area with immediate threat of harm to someone.

Illegal discharge of firearms can also be used as an enhancement to an underlying crime such as rape, robbery or domestic violence. In such cases, prosecutors generally ask for substantial time in jail, even if there was no injury to the victim.

Weapon Concealment

Possession or carrying a concealed firearm on one's person or in a vehicle may be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony. If a weapon is used in connection with another crime such as robbery, kidnapping, child abuse, or rape, the charge may be a felony strike and penalties may be substantially enhanced. If a convicted felon is found in possession of a weapon, he may be charged with a felony. If the firearm was loaded or was actually fired during the commission of a crime, additional enhancements may apply.

Illegal Possession of a Firearm

Possession or carrying a firearm on one's person or in a vehicle may be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony. If a weapon is used in connection with another crime such as robbery, kidnapping, child abuse, or rape, the charge may be a felony strike and penalties may be substantially enhanced. If a convicted felon is found in possession of a weapon, he may be charged with a felony. If the firearm was loaded or was actually fired during the commission of a crime, additional enhancements may apply.

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