Penalties for Federal Gun Crimes
According to statistics provided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the agency that 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 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.
Defending You on Federal Gun Crime Charges
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 your case, you can take action now by hiring us to represent you. Contact our federal crimes defense lawyers today.