Weapons Charges | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

Weapons charges may refer to a variety of criminal charges, with the common thread that they involve firearms. In some cases, possession of a firearm may in itself be a charge, because the person has a criminal conviction, making it illegal to carry firearms afterward. In some cases, weapons charges may be aggravating factors, such as armed robbery or aggravated assault. In most cases, the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime makes the charge significantly more serious, particularly if the charges are filed in federal court. To understand exactly what you are up against, and to protect your rights, if you are facing weapons charges, contact an experienced Denver criminal defense attorney immediately. Alaurice Tafoya-Modi is a compassionate, dedicated criminal defense attorney who understands that everyone can find him or herself in a tough position from time to time. She believes that an important part of effectively defending anyone facing criminal charges is to understand the position of her client. Whether you have made a terrible mistake, or have been accused of a crime that you did not commit, Mrs. Tafoya-Modi strongly believes that you are entitled to an aggressive, zealous defense.

Aggravated Assault

If a firearm is used in the commission of assault, not only is the charge likely to be more serious, but the aggravating factor of the gun will also subject you to a more severe penalty in the event of a conviction. You also need to understand that an empty threat to pull out a gun when you don’t actually have one may subject you to weapons charges just as actually pulling out a gun would.

Armed Robbery

The use, or the threat of use, of a gun in the commission of a robbery is very similar to the use of a gun in the commission of assault. Not only are armed robbery charges likely to be filed, but, in the event of a conviction, sentencing recommendations are likely to be more severe. And like in the case of assault, threatening to pull out a gun may subject a person to weapons charges even if there actually was no gun.


In a nutshell, menacing is threatening to injure someone. Menacing can be a misdemeanor, but if a firearm is used, it becomes a class 5 felony under Colorado law.  An experienced Denver criminal defense lawyer can help you get the best possible outcome if you face these charges.

Illegal Possession of a Firearm

People who have been convicted of felonies are generally not allowed to carry a firearm in the future. If you have a criminal conviction in your past, and you are caught with a firearm in your possession, you may be charged with possession of a weapon by a previous offender. Additionally, there are certain places, such as schools , where it is not legal for a civilian to carry a firearm. Also, discharging a firearm in public is a criminal offense unless it is an act of self-defense. Any of these charges may result in very serious legal consequences.

If you are facing weapons charges, speak with an experienced Denver criminal defense attorney immediately to protect your rights. Alaurice Tafoya-Modi has helped countless Coloradans against weapons charges, as well as various other criminal offenses. She will listen to your situation, and use the details specific to your case, as well as her thorough understanding of how prosecutors build cases, to design the most effective defense strategy possible. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION contact Alaurice at the Tafoya Law Firm today at (303)813-1100.