If a federal or local law enforcement agency arrests you or you face charges of illegal possession of a firearm on the federal level, you do not have to try to fight these allegations on your own. Our federal possession of a firearm lawyers in Tampa, FL can take your case and represent you in front of a Federal Judge in the Middle District of Florida.
The Goldman Wetzel team understands how stressed and uncertain you feel facing these accusations, but we are here to help. Let the criminal defense attorneys from Goldman Wetzel protect your rights and develop a strong defense strategy to fight any charges you face. Call 888-727-4652 today to learn more or to sign up for our services right away.
Illegal Possession of a Firearm Can Occur in Two Ways
You could face “federal possession of a firearm” accusations or charges for one of two different crimes.
Possessing a Gun Illegally
While most people have the right to own, hold, and transport firearms, some have lost this right or do not have the right to do so according to state and federal law. In general, most people convicted on this type of charge are convicted felons barred from possessing firearms as a part of their sentence and penalties for a previous crime. However, it may also be illegal to possess a weapon if you are:
- A known drug user
- An undocumented immigrant
- In the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa
- Dishonorably discharged from the military
There are also some situations where the court will tell the subject of a restraining order or the perpetrator of a relatively minor crime that they cannot possess a firearm. This may occur in domestic abuse cases, for example.
Possessing an Illegal Gun
You could also face charges if you own, hold, or transport a firearm that is illegal to own under 18 USC § 922 or 26 USC § 5861. These statutes make it illegal for any individual in the U.S. to possess certain types of guns, ammunition, or firearms accessories. These illegal guns, weapons, and accessories include:
- Fully automatic firearms
- Sawed-off shotguns shorter than a set length
- Semi-automatic assault weapons manufactured after October 1993
- A gun without a serial number
- Some types of ammunition
A Conviction Could Mean Significant Time Behind Bars
A conviction for federal possession of a firearm could mean you have to pay significant fines, spend time in a state or federal prison, and face other penalties. However, the circumstances of your arrest and the strength of the case we present on your behalf could play a significant role in determining the consequence you face.
We may be able to help you fight the charges and reduce or eliminate some of the worst penalties, even if we cannot clear your name. Call us today at 888-727-4652 to discuss your case with a member of the Goldman Wetzel team.
Possible Penalties of a Federal Possession of a Firearm Conviction
If you cannot legally own or possess a gun and the police or a federal agency catches you with one, the stakes are high. You could go to prison for up to 10 years. If you have multiple violent felony convictions in the past, you could face a minimum sentence of 15 years behind bars.
Aggravating and mitigating circumstances can play a significant role in your sentence. We may even be able to get the court to probate some of this sentence if you do not have a history of criminal activity.
We Like to Go to Work on Tampa Firearms Cases as Early as Possible
We encourage you to reach out to the Goldman Wetzel attorneys even before you face charges. If you got arrested or accused of illegal possession of a firearm in Tampa or nearby, we can go to work on your case. We may be able to take steps to stop charges before the U.S. Attorney files them. Let us try to identify an alibi, prove the identity of who committed the crime, or otherwise clear your name.
Even if you do face charges, we will be well into our investigation of the circumstances that led to your arrest and can build a strong defense strategy based on what we learn. Call us at 888-727-4652 to let our federal crimes lawyers get started on your case today.
Let Goldman Wetzel Aggressively Pursue a More Favorable Outcome on Your Behalf
Attorneys Summer Goldman and Maribeth Wetzel work together on every case we handle. When you hire one of us, you get both of us. Pairing former prosecutor Goldman with career defense attorney Wetzel allows us to get a balanced view of your case.
While there is no guaranteed win or a one-size-fits-all answer for how to approach this type of case, our federal possession of a firearm lawyers in Tampa have dealt with enough federal firearms charges to understand what may help us get a more favorable outcome for our client. Your defense strategy could include:
- Taking your case to court and presenting a strong case for acquittal
- Negotiating a plea deal with a reduced charge and sentence
- Negotiating a probated sentence after a conviction
Talk to Our Federal Possession of a Firearm Lawyers in Tampa, FL
If law enforcement arrested you or if you face charges for illegal firearm possession in Tampa, the criminal defense attorneys from Goldman Wetzel can help. We offer aggressive representation paired with compassionate and understanding support. Call 888-727-4652 now to learn more about how one of our federal possession of a firearm lawyers in Tampa, FL can help you navigate the criminal justice process and fight on your behalf.