Weapons Crimes

Charges alleging the possession of firearms in Massachusetts are incredibly severe. In many instances, there is mandatory jail time if convicted. For instance, the minimum penalty for a person charged with illegal possession of a firearm in their own car is one and a half years in jail. Depending on what the Government does, that penalty can be raised to 2 1/2 years in state prison as a minimum sentence! There are additional penalties for possessing a firearm without a license that is loaded, selling a firearm or ammunition without a license, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, or possession of a firearm (or ammunition) with certain prior offenses. There are cases where the mere possession of a single bullet could lead to a minimum of three years in state prison given the client's past criminal record.

Attorney Sullivan has extensive experience with gun cases. He has worked closely with the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the Massachusetts State Police, local detectives, and various ATF Task Forces. He has led investigations into the unlawful possession, sale, and use of firearms. Now, armed with the knowledge and the tricks used by the experts in Massachusetts in this field, Attorney Sullivan works vigorously to poke holes in the government's case, file motions to prevent evidence from being used against his clients, and argues strongly in favor of dismissal or a reduced sentence.

In most cases, the evidence the government has against clients who are charged with firearms offenses stems from searches of either homes, vehicles, or personal bags. In order for this evidence to be used at trial, the police must show that either (a) that a search warrant was issued allowing the search; or (b) that one of the few exceptions to the search warrant requirement existed in the particular case. Attorney Sullivan has years of experience arguing such motions as a prosecutor and even drafting warrants for police throughout Middlesex County. Attorney Sullivan has used this experience with success as a local defense attorney to draft motions challenging practices used by police to obtain evidence. This is one of the many instances where Attorney Sullivan uses his law enforcement background to the benefit of his clients.

Attorney Sullivan keeps up on the new advances and changes in the law. For instance, Attorney Sullivan wrote a blog post about a 2013 case that vacated a conviction for unlawful possession of a firearm. Having an Attorney, like Ryan Sullivan, who is current on the law is important when the stakes are his client's liberty. Attorney Sullivan prides himself on reading cases, staying current, and providing quality, confident representation to those charged with serious offenses. He is dedicated to demonstrating that quality to each of his clients.

If outright dismissal is not possible, Ryan Sullivan is an able negotiator to deal with the prosecutor and judge to achieve the right result. Attorney Sullivan is aware that in many cases, even the minimum penalty is not warranted. Ryan Sullivan handled gun cases in District Courts and Superior Court throughout Middlesex County. He knows the reasons the police and District Attorney will agree to reduce the minimum penalties and will work with the Assistant District Attorney to try and lessen the punishment or avoid jail time all together.

If you or a loved one is charged with a firearm offense, contact Attorney Sullivan for a free consultation to discuss how best to defend your gun case.