Federal Firearms Charges Can Bring Devastating Penalties
If you live in North Carolina, you know that, in general, it is a gun-friendly state. However, if you are accused of a federal gun violation, then you are likely facing a challenging set of circumstances. Federal gun charges are prosecuted by U.S. attorneys in federal district courts. Federal sentencing guidelines apply in these cases, which can boost the minimum sentence depending on the type of charge.
All these factors make it imperative that you trust your case to an experienced criminal defense lawyer who regularly defends clients at the federal level. The founder of Hale Law Firm, PC, represented defendants in the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of North Carolina before starting his private practice.
Federal Gun Charges Categories
Federal law governs many aspects of gun sales, manufacture, transport and possession. Some of the most common federal weapons violations include:
- Felon in possession of a firearm
- Smuggling weapons across state lines or trafficking firearms
- Use of a gun in connection with a federal drug crime
- Possessing or using a gun in a federal-level violent crime
- Making untrue statements on a gun license or purchase record
- Manufacturing or dealing guns without a license
Not all federal gun crimes are intentional – for example, you may not have clearly understood that you were not allowed to possess a firearm after being convicted of a felony. Regardless, you will need a trial-tested lawyer like Robert H. Hale to help minimize the impact of the charges against you.