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Defending You Against Firearm Charges

One of the consequences of a felony charge is not being allowed to own or carry a firearm or ammunition. If you have a prior felony conviction and are accused of possessing a firearm, you may have to serve years in prison and face additional felony charges. You must retain experienced legal counsel to help defend you against these charges. 

At Ryan Pacyga Criminal Defense, our criminal defense attorneys have decades of experience defending clients in the Twin Cities and all over Minnesota against felons in possession of firearm charges. We have a deep understanding of the impacts a criminal charge can have on your life. If you already have a criminal record, an additional felony can devastate your future. We will work tirelessly to advocate for you and pursue every defense possible on your behalf. 

Often times, someone is accused of being a felon or “ineligible” person in possession of a firearm even though they aren’t holding the firearm. This is called “constructive” possession. Examples include police searching a vehicle and finding a firearm under a seat or in the center console. Other common ways include a search warrant of a home when police find a gun in a room.  

Our firm has obtained successful results including winning at trial even when the defendant’s DNA was on the firearm. We have also had these charges dismissed or lowered, and have obtained favorable sentences as well including avoiding mandatory minimum sentences in state and federal court. Besides winning at trial, Ryan Pacyga has also had federal firearm charges dismissed by challenging vehicle searches in suppression hearings.  

An Additional Felony Can Have A Significant Impact On Your Future

Gun laws in Minnesota incorporate both state and federal laws regarding ineligible persons or felons possessing firearms or ammunition. An ineligible person under Minnesota law includes people with certain criminal convictions, even if they weren’t violent at all. 

  • Being accused of ineligible person in possession of firearm or felon in possession of firearm often means mandatory prison sentences if convicted. But we have helped many clients avoid those mandatory minimum prison sentences in a variety of ways. Your best chance at avoiding an additional criminal charge is to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your rights. 

Work With An Experienced Attorney Today

At Ryan Pacyga Criminal Defense, our attorneys understand how overwhelming the criminal justice process can be. You can rely on us to fight tirelessly for your rights. To schedule a consultation, call our Minneapolis office at 612-474-5420 or complete our online contact form. Our criminal defense lawyers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.