Firearms and Other Weapons

Delaware Firearms/Weapons Criminal Defense Lawyer

State and federal laws have strict penalties for the illegal possession and use of weapons, particularly firearms.  In response to the growing number of gun crimes in Delaware, our laws and the sentencing guidelines call for harsh penalties for gun possession, particularly if the individual is not eligible to obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon.  In order to enforce these strict laws, state and federal law enforcement have created aggressive task forces to get illegally possessed weapons out of circulation.    If you or someone you know has been arrested and charged with a weapons offense, it’s crucial that you get legal representation from an experienced, dedicated attorney you can trust. 


"Gun crimes are among the most serious in the books, and convictions often carry mandatory jail sentences. In addition, many people arrested for crimes involving a firearm are often charged with other crimes, including drug crimes, domestic violence, assault, robbery, sex crimes and murder. Because so much is at stake, having an experienced, aggressive attorney on your side can make all the difference. I understand the state and federal laws, rules and procedures that apply when a client is charged with firearms and other weapons offenses. I have the experience and the resources to fully investigate and zealously defend these charges. I’ll make sure that your constitutional rights are protected, and my legal team will do everything possible to ensure the best possible resolution of your case."

Effective criminal defense can mean the difference between a jail sentence and a dismissed charge. If you have been charged, or if you believe you are under investigation, it's important to retain legal counsel immediately and begin preparing your defense. We provide aggressive defense for our clients. We seek the dismissal of charges, reduced charges, treatment and other alternatives to jail that serve the long-term needs of our clients – like house arrest, work release, community service, etc.

John Deckers routinely represents individuals ACCUSED OF the following crimes:

  • Aggravated Menacing

  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon

  • Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon

  • Carrying a Concealed Dangerous Instrument

  • Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited

  • Possession During the Commission of a Felony

  • Receiving/Possession of a Stolen Firearm

  • Reckless Endangering / Unlawful Discharge of a Weapon

In Delaware, a firearm, gun or weapon conviction stays on a person's record for life, with few exceptions. These charges can carry severe penalties, including extended prison sentences, lengthy and restrictive probation, a fine, and the loss of many important civil rights. A permanent criminal record could follow you for life and could prevent you from getting a job or being admitted into a college or university. Mandatory minimum periods of incarceration apply when an individual unlawfully possesses a firearm or when a firearm is involved in the commission of another crime.

If you or someone you know is faced with firearm, gun or weapon charges, call Wilmington, Delaware Criminal Defense Attorney John Deckers at (302) 656-9850.  John and his staff will provide you with the aggressive, professional legal services you need and deserve.