If you have been arrested for or charged with a weapons crime, you may be facing serious criminal penalties and potentially the loss of your right to legally possess guns in Louisiana. You need an experienced Louisiana firearms attorney to protect your rights and defend you from the initial accusation through the disposition of the charge.

Attorney Nicholas V. Cressy is a former public defender who has hands-on experience with weapons crimes in Louisiana. He uses that extensive criminal justice experience to protect defendants charged with weapons crimes. Call Forrest, Cressy & James, LLC today at (504) 605-0777 to find out how he can help you.

Louisiana Weapons Charges 

In Louisiana, it is legal to carry a firearm as long as you have a permit. However, carrying a gun without a permit is a serious crime that carries harsh criminal consequences. It is also illegal for a person to carry a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs. Felons are also prohibited from carrying firearms.

Many weapons crimes involve carrying a gun while committing another crime such as robbery, burglary or a drug crime. The penalties for these crimes can be significantly harsher when a gun is involved.

At our firm, an experienced Louisiana weapons crime attorney can help you understand the charges you face while providing you with the strong defense representation you need.

Louisiana Weapons Penalties

The sentence for a weapons charge depends on whether it was a misdemeanor or felony offense as well as the crime committed. For carrying a concealed firearm without a permit, the penalties include fines up to $500 and six months in jail (though this can be increased for carrying while committing a violent or drug-related crime).

For convicted felons who are caught in possession of a firearm, the penalties are much steeper. If convicted of this crime, the sentence includes 10-20 years in prison and fines ranging from $1000 to $5000.


Weapons crimes are taken seriously by the Louisiana courts, however, attorney Nicholas V. Cressy is here to help. As a former public defender, he has the experience and acumen to take on the most challenging of weapons-related charges.

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