A federal possession of a firearm conviction calls for time behind bars and large fines. If you face accusations or arrest in the Middle District of Florida, you do not want to try to counter the case built by a United States Attorney on your own. The criminal defense attorneys from Goldman Wetzel can develop a strong strategy and fight for a favorable outcome.
A federal possession of a firearm lawyer in Sarasota, FL can meet with you today, going to work immediately to protect your rights and build a solid defense on your behalf. Call 941-405-5193 to get started or to schedule a no-obligation consultation.
Understanding “Federal Possession of a Firearm” Accusations
Two crimes are sometimes referred to as “federal possession of a firearm.” Both involve owning, holding, or transporting a firearm that you cannot legally own. On one hand, it is illegal to possess a firearm if you meet certain disqualifications. At the same time, 18 USC § 922 and 26 USC § 5861 outlaw certain types of guns, ammunition, and accessories for everyone.
In general, it may be illegal for you to own or be in possession of a firearm if you are:
- A convicted felon
- A known drug user
- An undocumented immigrant or on a non-immigrant visa
- Dishonorably discharged from the military
- The subject of a restraining order, in some cases
There may also be other situations when the courts have told you that you are not allowed to own a gun, such as in some domestic abuse sentences. If you are not legally allowed to own a gun, you will likely face possession of a firearm charge if the police or other law enforcement agents find that you have one.
On the other hand, you might face these charges despite being legally allowed to own and possess most types of firearms. This occurs when you own or possess an illegal firearm, ammunition, or accessory. This might include:
- Fully automatic weapons
- Firearm silencers
- Sawed-off shotguns, in some cases
- Semi-automatic assault weapons, if manufactured after October 1993
- A gun with an altered or missing serial number
- Armor-piercing ammunition
You Could Face Serious Consequences for Violating Federal Possession of a Firearm Laws
If you violate federal law and possess a firearm illegally, you could face significant time behind bars and hefty fines. The severity of your sentence, however, depends on the circumstances of your arrest.
If You Cannot Legally Own or Possess Any Firearm
If you meet the disqualifications included in federal laws and cannot own a gun, you could spend up to ten years behind bars if they catch you with one. The judge handling your case will likely consider your criminal history as a part of your sentencing, and if you have previous felony convictions, you could spend even longer in federal prison.
For example, if you have several violent felonies on your record, the minimum sentence is 15 years in prison.
If You Possess a Banned Weapon, Ammunition, or Accessory
The facts of your case will play a significant role in your sentence if you possess a banned weapon or another firearm-related item. Depending on mitigating and aggravating factors, you can expect a sentence of between five and ten years in federal prison, although some of this may be open for a probated sentence in some cases.
The Goldman Wetzel Criminal Defense Attorneys Will Go to Work Building a Strong Defense Strategy Today
When the attorneys from Goldman Wetzel accept a criminal defense case, both partners go to work on it. When you hire one of us, you get both of us. You will have Summer Goldman — a former prosecutor — and career defense attorney Maribeth Wetzel both analyzing the circumstances surrounding your arrest and working together to develop a strong defense strategy.
Every case is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all answer for how to get a favorable outcome in this type of case. But the Goldman Wetzel attorneys will investigate your case and come up with some options. This may include:
- Presenting evidence to prove your innocence
- Proving someone else was guilty of the crime
- Negotiating a plea deal
- Fighting for a “not guilty” verdict at trial
- Negotiating a probated sentence after a conviction
If you face federal charges related to illegal firearm possession, you will want someone on your side, fighting for your best interests. The principal defense attorneys from Goldman Wetzel are here to offer you the representation you need and deserve. Call us at 941-405-5193 to talk to someone in our Bradenton office today. This office serves Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Let Us Give You the Best Chance at the Most Favorable Outcome in Your Case By Getting Started Early
At Goldman Wetzel, we like to go to work on criminal defense cases as early in the process as possible. If police arrest you or otherwise accuse you of a crime, go ahead and reach out to our team by calling 941-405-5193 today.
If a federal possession of a firearm lawyer in Sarasota, FL can get to work on your case early enough, we may be able to provide the evidence necessary to clear your name. We may be able to identify an alibi, prove who committed the crime, or take other steps that stop prosecutors from ever filing charges against you.
This is the best-case outcome since you do not have to face the stress of court hearings and there is no record of this incident on your record.
Talk to a Federal Possession of a Firearm Lawyer in Sarasota, FL
There is someone from the Goldman Wetzel team in the office ready to take your call today. A federal possession of a firearm lawyer in Sarasota, FL can fight to protect your rights and offer the aggressive representation you need in a criminal defense attorney. Call us at 941-405-5193 for a free evaluation of your case.