Weapons in a Court Facility
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What is Considered a Court Facility?
Court facilities are more than just courtrooms. The terms generally covers a broad range of government structures and offices. Included in court facilities for most states are:
- Witness rooms,
- Jury deliberation rooms,
- Attorney conference rooms,
- Prisoner holding cells,
- Offices of the court clerk, or
- Any adjoining corridors.
When Can I Be Punished for a Weapon in a Court Facility?
Because each state wants to protect its legal system, which includes judges, attorneys, juries, witnesses, and other bystanders, it is generally a crime to have a weapon in a court facility. Such weapons can include:
- Other illegal weapons, or
- Adapted objects likely to cause serious bodily injury.
Generally, in order for a person to break the law for having any one of the above in a court facility, it is enough for them to either:
- Knowingly possessed the weapon in a court facility, or
- Knowingly cause the weapon to enter a court facility.
So long as either of these are met, a person can be face criminal punishment for a weapon in a court facility.
What Punishment Can I Face?
Each state makes the crime of a weapon in a court facility a different type of crime. Some make it a misdemeanor, others make it a felony. Generally speaking, punishment for a weapon in a court facility can include:
- Jail time, ranging from 90 days to 5 years,
- Fines, ranging from $100 to $10,000,
- Community service, or
- Parole or probation.
Do I Need an Attorney if I am Charged With a Weapon in a Court Facility?
If you are being charged with a weapon in a court facility, it is strongly recommended that you contact a criminal defense attorney. Only an attorney will be able to adequately explain the issues and help in your defense.
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Last Modified: 10-07-2011 02:34 PM PDT
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