Resolving Gun Possession Charges At The Airport
You place your carry-on bag on the conveyor belt, then remove your wallet and car keys, and drop them in a bin. Five minutes later, you’re surrounded by scowling police officers and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents. One of them points to the gun you completely forgot about in your luggage. The next thing you know, you’re being fingerprinted and escorted to a jail cell.
If this describes your situation, call The Frey Law Firm in Jonesboro. Attorney Steven M. Frey represents clients throughout the metro Atlanta area, providing highly experienced defense representation against gun possession charges.
If you forgot you had a weapon, you’re not alone. The Times Free Press reports that in 2013, TSA officials at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport confiscated 111 guns, which is more than five times as many firearms as any other airport in the country. Even Terry Coleman, a former speaker of Georgia’s House of Representatives, was arrested after TSA agents found a forgotten pistol in his carry-on bag.
The Potential Penalties Of Carrying A Firearm Through Security
Typically, trying to pass through airport security with a firearm is classified as a misdemeanor crime. A conviction can carry up to a year of prison time or a $1,000 fine.
However, when you work with lawyer Steven M. Frey, he will do everything possible to minimize the consequences for you. He may be able to resolve your case in a way that keeps the offense off your record. For instance, he may be able to get the charges dismissed if you attend firearm safety training or take other action.
Jail Time Isn’t Your Only Worry — There’s Also A Heavy TSA Fine
In addition to criminal penalties, you’re in danger of a civil assessment by the TSA. The TSA has the right to fine individuals up to $11,000 for airport offenses.
For some clients, Steven Frey has been able to successfully negotiate the fine down by as much as 90%.
To learn about your gun rights and the legal options available in your particular situation, call The Frey Law Firm today at 770-676-1431 or contact the Jonesboro office online. Steve Frey serves clients throughout West Georgia.