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Firearms Charges Reduced to Probation for Out of State Client in Hingham District Court

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Navigating the complex landscape of firearm laws across state lines can be daunting. A recent case handled by our law firm underscores the critical importance of having an experienced firearms defense attorney, particularly when laws vary significantly from state to state.

Our client, a responsible gun owner from a state with comparatively relaxed gun laws, found himself entangled in the legal system following an unexpected turn of events. While working in Massachusetts, he was involved in a minor car accident. Acting in good faith, he informed the police officer on the scene about his firearm, which was legally purchased and properly stored according to the laws of his home state. Unfortunately, this disclosure led to his arrest and a serious charge of illegal possession of a firearm without a License to Carry (LTC) in Massachusetts—a state known for its stringent gun regulations.

Under Massachusetts law, the charge brought against our client carried a daunting mandatory minimum of 18 months in jail. This situation highlighted a critical intersection of state laws and the potential for severe consequences when they are misunderstood or overlooked.

Recognizing the gravity of the situation, our legal team promptly took action. Our approach was twofold: we negotiated meticulously with the district attorney while also preparing a robust defense that highlighted our client’s clean background and the lawful nature of his firearm ownership in his home state. Our goal was to convey the essential context of the situation, emphasizing that our client was not a habitual lawbreaker but rather a responsible citizen caught in a jurisdictional quagmire.

Our efforts resulted in a significant legal victory. We were able to persuade the district attorney to reduce the charges from a felony to a misdemeanor. Moreover, instead of serving jail time, our client was granted probation. This resolution not only saved our client from undue hardship but also upheld his rights and dignity.  More than that, it also meant he could legally carry a firearm even after the resolution.

This case serves as a potent reminder of the complexities of firearm laws in the United States. It highlights why individuals facing firearms charges, particularly those from out of state, must seek the expertise of a seasoned Boston firearms attorney. Our firm’s experience and strategic approach in navigating both state and federal firearm laws can make a critical difference in the outcome of such cases. If you or someone you know is facing similar legal challenges, remember, knowledgeable legal representation is your best defense.

Call or text me today at 617-295-7500, and put me to work for you on your firearms charges!


Although I am an attorney, I am not your attorney.  Please do not rely on anything on this page as legal advice because any specific advice would depend on your situation.  Any results posted on this page are not guarantees of outcomes in your case.

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