Possession of Weapon & Firearms - Sherlag Attorney at Law Portland, OR
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Possession of Weapon & Firearms

Felony Possession Of A Weapon And Firearms Offenses

As a citizen of Oregon, you have certain rights, including the right to own a firearm — provided that you are not a member of certain classes. For example, you cannot possess a gun:

  • If you have been convicted of a felony in any state
  • if you have been found to be mentally ill
  • If you are the subject of a restraining order

In addition, Multnomah County and other municipalities in Oregon prohibit the open carrying of weapons. Violation of these and many other weapons laws can land you in jail or prison.

My name is Steven J. Sherlag, an attorney who defends people charged with weapons crimes in federal and state courts. I have earned a reputation for my advocacy skills and a record of success in challenging tough cases. When I take on a case, I will do everything I can to clear you of the charges and represent you like I would want to be represented myself.

If you have been charged with any of the following offenses, I will work tenaciously to protect your rights and preserve your freedom:

  • Felon in possession
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm, including possession of automatic firearms
  • Possession of short-barreled rifles and shotguns in violation of federal law
  • Gun trafficking
  • Straw purchases of guns
  • Open carry violations in Multnomah County and other Oregon municipalities
  • Armed robbery
  • Other state and federal gun crimes

Experienced Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

Federal prosecutors have the power and resources of the government behind them, and they almost always build strong cases. Because of this you need a strong advocate on your side protecting your rights. For more than 20 years, I have been defending people in state and federal court. I am aggressive, highly knowledgeable of the applicable laws and procedure in federal court, and determined to succeed.

Whenever possible, I will seek to suppress evidence that was illegally obtained. I will take every opportunity to challenge the prosecutor’s assertions and theory of the case. My goal will be to obtain the dismissal of charges, a not guilty verdict or another positive outcome.

Experienced With Guns and Forensic Experts to Explain Gun Evidence

I grew up with guns, whether it was hunting with my dad or shooting at the range when I was a Boy Scout earning my Rifle Shooting (and Archery) merit badges. We had guns in my family home and I learned from an early age to respect guns and learned from my dad about gun safety. I am experienced handling firearms and understand their inner workings. Because I have a curious and inquisitive mind, I’ve worked with many different forensic experts to explain ballistics and bullet trajectories to shake the government’s case against my client. In gun cases, I’ve used my experiences in both a common sense fashion and using various technical arguments to gain and advantage over government witnesses and the prosecution.

As an example, the jury returned a “not guilty” to a client charged with felon in possession of a firearm, even though my client allegedly confessed, when the detective failed to adequately compare shell casing markings that identified the manufacturer of a casing attributed to my client, and differentiate it from those found in the magazine. When I forced to perform an in-court evaluation, he acknowledged his mistake but made a lame excuse that the stamps were small and hard to read.

As another example, the jury returned “not guilty” verdicts on two counts of attempted murder and attempted aggravated murder, when I used a ballistics expert (among other missed crime scene evidence) to demonstrate that at least one shot was misattributed to my client instead of a police officer – who likely shot his own partner.

Contact A Portland Gun Charge Lawyer

For a free consultation about a gun crime case in Oregon, contact Steven J. Sherlag, P.C.

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