At Nessel and Kessel Law, we have literally handled thousands of weapons cases and secured favorable results while doing so. These cases have come both in Detroit and throughout the State of Michigan. Weapons charges and cases often involve complex 4th Amendment issues that can determine whether or not key evidence will be admitted against you. For that reason, you need to have an attorney who knows the law, but also knows how to get information from witnesses (usually police officers) even when they don’t want to give it.
There are a large variety of different weapons charges that can be brought against you in the State of Michigan. For that reason, this section will focus on the most common charges that our clients face on a regular basis. However, if you are charged with something that is not listed on this page, please contact Nessel and Kessel Law and we will help you understand the law in your particular case.
More often referred to as CCW, Carrying a Concealed Weapon is a very common charge brought in the State of Michigan. The maximum penalty for a CCW conviction is up to 5 years in prison and a $2,500.00 fine. A CCW conviction can prevent you from getting you Concealed Pistol License, have employment consequences, and even have an effect on your driver’s license. Click on the blue link above to read more about CCW charges and the possible defenses.
More commonly known in defense attorney circles as FIP or Felon In Possession, a person may only be charged with Felon In Possession if they have been convicted of a specified felony AND their rights to possess a firearm have not yet been restored. It doesn’t matter if the weapon is concealed or not, if you have been convicted of a felony and a firearm is within your reach, you can guarantee that you will be charged with FIP. Click on the blue link above to read more about FIP and the possible defenses.
Felony Firearm, also known as FF, is one of the most feared charges in the world of criminal defense. The reason; FF carries with is a MANDATORY 2 year prison sentence that must be served consecutively with any other sentence a defendant may have to serve. Click on the blue link above to read more about Felony Firearm and the possible defenses.
4th Amendment Rights
More often than not, weapons charges will involve complex 4th Amendment issues. These cases usually stem from a “stop and frisk” or the execution of a warrant…or lack of warrant in some cases. These issues not only require a criminal defense attorney who knows the law, but also one who can paint officers into a corner where they have to admit that they violated your rights. While the average attorney may be able to tell you that the 4th Amendment protects you against unreasonable searches and seizures, it takes a expert defense lawyer to know all of the facets of 4th Amendment law and how to use the law to your advantage.
Nessel and Kessel Law is proud to offer legal advice and legal representation to clients across the state of Michigan, including: