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Weapons are any physical objects that are used with the intent to inflict bodily harm or injury upon another individual. Weapons offenses typically involve guns and unauthorized ammunition. Washington, D.C. has strict gun laws and knowledge of those laws is essential to defending your case. Local law enforcement as well as federal law enforcement investigates weapons charges.

What is the definition of illegal possession of a weapon? What is my college or university’s definition of possession of a weapon?

The definition of illegal possession of a weapon is an unregistered firearm or illegal type of gun on your person, in your car or even in your home. Illegal possession of a weapon may cause you to be charged with a crime ranging from a misdemeanor to a felony.

Universities define possession of weapons as any storage of firearms, ammunition, knives, explosives, fireworks, or any other items that pose a potential safety or health hazards to others; these items are strictly prohibited on campuses.

What are the consequences for selling or distributing guns and weapons? How are these crimes investigated?

Selling or distributing of illegal guns carries very heavy penalties because of Washington, D.C.’s strict laws on firearm registration. Often local police will work with federal agents from ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) in investigating cases of distribution of guns or weapons.

What are my college or university’s consequences for weapon disciplinary charges?

University code of conduct sanctions for possession of a weapon or an item that could be construed as a weapon is typically eviction from university housing. Use of any weapons will typically result in a disciplinary charge of one semester suspension and the use of a firearm will result in one-year suspension.

In Washington, D.C. the Metropolitan Police Department communicates regularly with campus police and university administrators. Consequently, criminal charges may arise wholly separate from university sanctions. If you are involved in a disciplinary hearing or criminal trial involving weapons, it is important to contact a criminal defense attorney experienced in representing college students to help you best defend your case and ensure your rights are protected.

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