Armed Criminal Action

Armed Criminal Action

If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with armed criminal action, you may have a few questions. This kind of arrest typically happens when somebody is about to commit a crime while carrying a loaded weapon. It may involve being caught prior to another crime happening. The defendant may have intended to commit a certain crime, but was stopped for some reason. This charge can be a little controversial, because it’s kind of like being arrested for something you haven’t done yet.

What Exactly is an Armed Criminal Action Charge?

An armed criminal action is a bit of a ‘catch-all’ charge for any activity that might be going on prior to a crime. There are a few elements that have to be satisfied in order to find defendants guilty, and typical cases involve loaded firearms and an “intent” to commit a felony crime. If the definition seems like of broad and generalized, that’s because it is, a little bit. Defendants facing armed criminal action charges should definitely get in touch with experienced criminal defense attorneys as soon as possible. Listed below are the elements that need to be satisfied in order to find somebody guilty of an armed criminal action.

Elements of an Armed Criminal Action Case

  • The accused had a firearm
  • The accused knew that he or she was carrying the firearm.
  • At the time the accused had the firearm, she or she intended to commit a felony crime.


  • The firearm was loaded at the time.


  • The accused knew the firearm was loaded.

Intent to Commit a Crime While Carrying a Loaded Weapon

At its roots, an armed criminal action is the intent to commit a crime while carrying a loaded weapon. Quite simply, if you’re packing heat and law enforcement officials think you’re about to commit a crime, this is the charge that you’re going to get slapped with. Understandably, you might be feeling pretty unfairly treated. After all, you didn’t even commit the “potential” crime that they’re saying you had intent to commit. For all they know, you had a change of heart, and you were never going to do whatever it is they thought you would do.

A Felony Arrest

An armed criminal action is a felony, so this is nothing to joke around about or make light of. You need to speak with a proven criminal defense attorney as soon as possible, because you could be facing years in prison. This isn’t a simple misdemeanor, and although you may feel like you haven’t done anything wrong at all, the prosecutor sees it differently. Don’t assume that your case is cut and dry either. An overburdened public defender will not have the time or resources to devote to keeping you free.

Additional Charges

Depending upon the circumstances of the case, you could be facing a variety of other charges, including weapons charges. Each situation is different, but you could be facing a smaller sentence of just a few years in federal prison all the way up to 20 years or more, depending on other charges that get tacked on. Carrying a loaded gun is enough to get the book thrown at you in most courtrooms in Mississippi, so you need to speak with a skilled criminal defense lawyer swiftly to achieve the best possible outcome for your particular case.

Sentencing in Felony Cases

Sentencing in felony cases can be pretty hairy too due to mandatory minimums and other “truth in sentencing” laws. This means that the judge has very little discretion in many cases. What does that mean for you? It means you could be facing the max on a variety of charges including weapons charges and armed criminal actions. Even if you get your day in court, and the judge listens to your story, the outcome still might be totally out of your hands and the judge’s hands. Don’t wait until your facing harsh sentences. Call a criminal defense lawyer in Jackson before it even gets that far.

After an Armed Criminal Action Request in Mississippi

After any kind of arrest, you want to speak with a lawyer who has a proven case record. Your freedom and your future depend on it. There’s no sense in hoping that a busy and overburdened public defender will have the time necessary to devote to your case. They simply have too many cases to deal with and not enough time. It’s as simple as that. Depending upon a variety of different factor’s and the State’s case, it may be possible to get the charges reduced or thrown out all together. Contact the experienced team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC today if you’re facing an armed criminal action charge.


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