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Illegal Possession of Ammo in Maryland | PS 5-133.1

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on understanding the complexities and consequences of illegal possession of ammunition in Maryland. This page is designed to provide insightful information about the law, implications of charges, and the importance of skilled legal representation.

Understanding the Law on Restrictions on possession of ammunition

Maryland law defines "ammunition" as a cartridge, shell, or any other device containing explosive or incendiary material designed for use in a firearm. Under Md. Code, PS � 5-133.1:

  • Prohibition: It's illegal for certain individuals to possess ammunition.
  • Disqualifying Conditions: Those prohibited from possessing regulated firearms under � 5-133(b) or (c) of the subtitle cannot possess ammunition.
  • Penalties: Violation of this law can result in a misdemeanor, with potential imprisonment up to 1 year, a fine up to $1,000, or both.

Who Cannot Possess Ammo?

"Convicted of a disqualifying crime" includes individuals:

  1. On probation for a crime of violence.
  2. On probation for a domestically related crime (as defined in � 6-233 of the Criminal Procedure Article).

However, it doesn't include those who received probation before judgment for second-degree assault (unless domestically related) or any expunged cases under Title 10, Subtitle 1 of the Criminal Procedure Article.

What Constitutes a Disqualifying Crime?

  • Any crime of violence.
  • Any felony violation.
  • Misdemeanor violations with a penalty exceeding 2 years.

The Importance of Legal Representation

Facing charges for illegal possession of ammo is a serious matter. It's crucial to have experienced legal counsel to navigate the complexities of Maryland's firearm and ammunition laws. Our team at FrizWoods specializes in criminal defense law and is well-versed in the nuances of these cases.

Why Choose FrizWoods?

  • Expertise: Our lawyers have a deep understanding of Maryland's firearm and ammunition laws.
  • Experience: Years of experience in handling similar cases ensure we know how to build a strong defense strategy.
  • Client-Centric Approach: Each case is unique, and we tailor our approach to meet your specific needs.

Building Your Defense

In building a defense against ammo possession charges, we focus on:

  • Analyzing the Circumstances: We meticulously evaluate the circumstances of your case, including how the ammunition was discovered.
  • Challenging Evidence: If evidence was obtained through unlawful means, we fight to have it dismissed.
  • Presenting Mitigating Factors: If applicable, we present factors that might reduce the severity of the charges.

FAQs About Ammo Charges

Q: What if I didn't know I possessed illegal ammunition?
A: Lack of knowledge can be a defense, depending on the circumstances of the case.

Q: Can I face ammo charges if I'm allowed to possess a firearm?
A: Yes, if you fall under the disqualifying criteria for ammo possession.

Q: What should I do if I'm charged with illegal possession of ammo?
A: Contact a skilled attorney immediately. Navigating these charges requires professional legal advice and representation.

Contact FrizWoods for a Consultation

If you're facing charges for illegal possession of ammo in Maryland, don't hesitate to seek legal help. Contact FrizWoods for a consultation. Check out our client testimonials to see how we've successfully helped others in similar situations.