The Charges Of Federal Firearm Crimes
With the prevalence of gun violence across our country, federal prosecutors have gone to great lengths to get guns off the streets and out of the hands of wrongful owners. To achieve this goal, federal prosecutors have taken the initiative to use their extensive resources to prosecute gun crimes vigorously. The most prominent gun crimes are Title 18 U.S.C. Sections 922 and 924, described below. If you or someone you know faces a gun crime charge, hiring experienced defense counsel is a must. Not only can an attorney ensure that one’s rights are protected, but they can also begin crafting a defense. The earlier an attorney can start working on the case, the stronger your defense will likely be.
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Federal Gun Crimes
As mentioned, the two most common federal gun charges are found under Title 18 U.S.C. Sections 922 and 924. These criminal statutes encompass all aspects of firearms, from improper purchasing and selling to unlawful possession.
Possession And Transporting Of A Firearm
This statute makes it a crime for any person without a license to import, manufacture or deal in firearms. Additionally, it makes it a crime for someone to transport or receive a gun across state lines without a license. Such an offense carries with it a prison sentence of up to five years. Also, federal law prohibits anyone from making false statements when purchasing a gun from a licensed seller. If found guilty, one can face up to 10 years in federal prison.
Illegal Selling Or Giving Of A Firearm
The gun control statute makes it illegal for a person to sell or give a firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that person:
- Is a convicted felon
- Is a fugitive from justice
- Is an unlawful user or addict of a controlled substance
- Is committed to a mental institution
- Is an illegal alien
- Has been dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces
- Has renounced their U.S. citizenship
- Has an active restraining order against them
- Has been convicted of any domestic violence crime
The statute has other provisions and prohibitions. A conviction under either of these provisions carries with it a federal prison sentence of up to 10 years.
False Representations On Gun Records
Federal law makes it a crime for anyone to knowingly make any false statement or representation regarding any record required to be kept for a firearm, such as an application, authorization or license. One faces up to five years for violating this provision.
Firearm Possession Or Use In Connection With A Violent Or Drug Trafficking Crime
Suppose one possesses or uses a gun during a drug trafficking offense or violent crime. In that case, federal criminal law provides a mandatory minimum sentence not to be carried out concurrently with any sentence for the underlying crime. This reality means that one could face a penalty as high as 25 years in federal prison. In some cases, prosecutors will include a charge of conspiracy to gun charges, even if no crime was committed.
Why It’s Important To Get Legal Counsel In These Charges
Any gun charge is a severe offense warranting experienced legal counsel. With the help of an attorney committed to your defense, you will have someone navigating the legal landscape to preserve your reputation and limit your legal exposure.
Work With An Attorney Who Has Proven Defense Skills
If you or a family member is facing a gun crime, reach out to me today to begin strengthening your position and protecting yourself and your reputation. I offer a free consultation. Call the Law Offices of Peter Katz at 609-900-2648 or contact my firm online. I represent clients in New York and New Jersey.