Massachusetts has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. If you are caught in possession of a firearm, outside of your home or business and you do not have a license to carry the gun, you face a mandatory-minimum sentence of 18 months in jail. In other words, if you get caught with a gun in a car, in your waistband, in your backpack, etc, and you have no gun license, you are looking at a year-and-a-half, at least, in jail.
Harsher penalties will be imposed if the firearm is a "sawed-off" shotgun, machine gun; or, if the weapon is a "high-capacity" firearm.
The penalties are even higher if it is a subsequent offense or if you are charged as an Armed Career Criminal.
Oftentimes, the fate of a gun case hinges on the Motion to Suppress.
Attorney Henry Fasoldt has represented many people charged with all varieties of gun crimes. Call him if you or a loved one has been charged with a gun crime.