Tulsa criminal defense lawyer Jeff Krigel defends individuals accused of possession of firearm in Oklahoma courts. He is well-versed in all aspects of criminal defense in Oklahoma and federal courts, from the initial stages of a case through direct appeal, petition for review or petition for certiorari and collateral attack. If you stand accused of unlawful possession of a firearm or other firearm charge anywhere in Oklahoma, let Jeff’s experience in the courtroom, along with his commitment to his clients, go to work for you.
Oklahoma Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
Before a person can be found guilty of the unlawful possession of a firearm, the following elements must be met:
- Knowingly possessed the firearm;
- Willfully possessed the firearm;
- Possession; either actual or constructive
- a Firearm
- There must be some grounds for the unlawfulness of the possession, if the firearm is legal in itself. This element is not necessary for illegal firearms. This element includes such things as possession of a firearm on school property, or carry a concealed firearm without the necessary permits, etc.
Oklahoma Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
The elements of this crime are similar to those mentioned above. The convicted felon must have knowingly and willfully possessed the firearm. Possession under this crime is expanded to include any vehicle in which the person is an occupant or house where he/she resides. The definition of firearm is also expanded under this crime to include not only firearms, but imitation firearms as well. The remaining element is that the individual was previously convicted of a felony.
Firearm convictions can have stiff penalties and lifelong effects. If you or a loved one has been charged with Oklahoma Unlawful Possession of a Firearm or Oklahoma Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, it is important you seek legal advice immediately regarding your particular circumstances. The elements above outline what the state must prove, but only an attorney can inform you as to how they apply to your unique circumstances.