Have you been contacted by federal law enforcement officials in connection with an investigation into a gun violation? Do not make the mistake of thinking that you can handle this situation on your own. There is practically nothing you can say to the investigators that will improve your chances of avoiding a conviction. Instead, it is in your best interest to hire an attorney to speak on your behalf and advise you of strategies that may help you avoid a conviction. Equipped with more than five decades of experience, we are ready to begin working on your case immediately!
According to statistics provided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the agency which prosecutes federal gun crimes, they have a conviction rate of 75% and secure an average sentence of 155 months. Many gun violations involve the illegal possession, sale, or transport of a firearm, while others involve the use of a gun during the commission of another crime, such as a drug offense. Some of the most common federal gun crimes we represent include:
Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person - Up to 10 years in prison
The term "prohibited person" includes felons, drug addicts, non-permanent resident aliens, individuals subject to a domestic violence restraining order, people who have been convicted of domestic assault, fugitives from justice, and anyone who has been dishonorably discharged from the military. For possession of a firearm by a prohibited person to be categorized as a federal crime, it must involve transporting the weapon in question across state lines at some point.
Use, Carry, or Possession of a Firearm in Relation to or in Furtherance
of a Drug Felony or a Federal Crime of Violence - Between 5 years and
life in prison
The sentence for this crime is to be served consecutive to any other sentence and can be increased to the death penalty in cases in which the gun was used to kill another person. Factors that may be used to increase the sentence include whether or not the weapon was merely brandished or fired, what type of gun was used, and the number of offenses that were committed.
Stolen Firearm, Ammunition, or Explosive - Up to 10 years in prison
This crime includes several types of actions related to the handling or exchange of a stolen firearm, explosive, or ammunition. The following activities fall within the definition of this crime: receiving, possessing, concealing, storing, pledging or accepting as security for a loan, selling, shipping or transporting across state lines, and stealing or unlawfully taking a gun from someone who holds a firearms license.
When you come to Gounaris Abboud, LPA, for a free, confidential consultation about your case, we take the time to answer all of your questions about the case and help you make informed decisions to best defend your rights. There are many ways to fight gun crime charges, such as demonstrating that your Constitutional rights were violated by law enforcement officials upon conducting a search without a warrant or probable cause.
In order to review your options and determine the best method for defending
you can take action now by hiring us to represent you.