Defense Against RDU Airport Firearm and Weapon Charges
Hatch, Little & Bunn’s Criminal Defense Team regularly defends clients who are charged at Raleigh Durham International Airport with firearm and weapon related charges. These charges may include misdemeanor carrying a concealed gun, misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon, and violation of a carry concealed permit. While these charges technically can result in active sentences, if managed properly, they may be able to be dismissed and expunged from your record.
As more individuals find themselves rushing to the airport, it is not uncommon for individuals to forget their handgun, taser, knife, or other weapon they have thrown in their carry-on bag, purse, or luggage. They proceed through the TSA screening point, removing their shoes, placing their items in the plastic bin, and passing through the metal detectors. As they proceed to obtain their luggage from the conveyor belt, they are asked by the TSA officer, “Sir or mam, is their something in your carry-on that we should know about?”
At that point the individual often recalls their mistake. They are stricken with horror. “How could I have done that?” “What do I do now?” In these circumstances, the most important thing to do at this point is don’t panic. Be polite with the TSA officer. Cooperate with the TSA officer advising them of your mistake. Often the officer will simply contact RDU Police who will seize the handgun or weapon, issue you a citation, and then work with you to help make sure you make your flight.
Knowing that these charges are manageable if properly handled, you can then contact our defense team. With over 40 years of collective experience defending and protecting clients from firearm and weapon cases, we will be glad to advise you of your options, educate you on your options, plan your defense, and work to keep these charges off your record. In many cases, we can appear on behalf of clients who live out of town and were simply flying through RDU.
The experienced Criminal Defense Team of Hatch, Little & Bunn helps individuals who receive gun and weapon charges at Raleigh Durham International Airport. Contact us today for your free consultation.