Federal Firearms Charges
If you are facing a federal firearms charge you should know that federal firearm laws are complex and they also come with potentially harsh penalties.
At the Law Office of Steven Jumes we have experience representing clients facing federal firearms charges. Our knowledge and experience in the area provides us with tools to develop a strategy to navigate these cases and achieve the best possible outcome.
Founding Member, Steven Jumes is a former criminal prosecutor with extensive federal prosecution and defense experience. As a former federal prosecutor, Mr. Jumes has a unique understanding of federal firearms cases and the prosecutorial strategies government attorneys use.
He will work hard to ensure your rights are protected and that your case is brought to a favorable resolution for you.
To learn more about how Steven Jumes can help you deal with a federal firearms charge, call (817) 934-6636 or click here to schedule a free consultation.
Types of Federal Gun Cases We Defend
Selling Guns without a License
Federal laws regulate gun sales based on licensing requirements and upon limiting the transportation of guns across state lines. For example, it is considered illegal under federal law to sell guns across state lines without a proper license. This crime is punishable by up to five years in prison.
Even deals with the proper licensing also have to be careful as certain sales are criminalized under federal law. An example would be selling a rifle or shotgun to a minor under 18 years of age. There are also restrictions on the types of guns that can be sold. For example, licensed dealers cannot sell machine guns or “destructive devices.”
“Straw Purchasers” and Making False Statements
It is a federal crime for a gun buyer to make a false statement or misrepresent his or her identity to a firearms dealer when buying a gun.
As buying a gun often requires filling out paperwork, it is important that gun buyers disclose all relevant information and take care not to make any misrepresentations to the dealer or the government. The consequence of failing to do so can include a fine and up to a 10-year prison sentence.”
Altered or Removed Firearm Serial Number
A person who knowingly delivers, transports, or possesses a gun that has an altered or removed serial number can be convicted of violating federal law and punished with an up to five year prison sentence.
Possession of a Machine Gun
Machine guns, which are defined as weapons with the capacity to automatically shoot more than one shot by a single pull of the trigger, are illegal for civilians to own without a special license. Violation of this law can be punished with a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years.”
Possession of a Firearm in a School Zone
It is illegal under federal law for an individual to possess a firearm in a school zone. Violators can be fined and sentenced up to five years in prison.
Possession of a Stolen Firearm
It is illegal under federal law for any person, licensed or unlicensed, to transport or possess a stolen gun or stolen ammunition, as long as the person knows the gun is stolen. Punishment for violating this law can include a fine and a prison sentence up to 10 years in length.
Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
All of the following are banned under federal law from possessing a firearm:
- Fugitives from justice, meaning anyone who has fled any state to avoid prosecution
- Drug addicts and drug users, as defined in the Controlled Substances Act
- The mentally ill or anyone committed to a mental institution
- Illegal immigrants
- Anyone who has been dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces
- Anyone convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence
Violators of federal law can receive up to a ten-year prison sentence.
Using or Carrying a Firearm during a Crime of Violence or Drug Trafficking Crime
Anyone who uses a gun while committing another crime faces harsh penalties. For example, depending on the type of gun and how it was used during a violent or drug trafficking crime, a person could face charges such as:
- Minimum five-year sentence for the possession of a gun during the crime;
- Minimum seven-year sentence for “brandishing” a gun during the crime;
- Minimum 10-year sentence if a gun is discharged during the crime;
- If the gun is a short barreled rifle or shotgun, the minimum sentence is 10 years;
- If the gun is a machine gun or a “destructive device,” the minimum sentence is 30 years
If you are facing a federal firearms charge, attorney The Law Office of Steven Jumes is experienced at creating an intelligent and effective defense based on the rules of evidence, the U.S. Constitution and more.
They will carefully examine your case and will work closely with you to protect your rights. Remember, the government bears the burden of proof for proving every element of an offense. Attorney Steven Jumes is an expert at developing strategies that make all the difference for defendants in federal firearms cases. Call (817) 934-6636 or click here to schedule a free consultation.