Weapons offenses are generally prosecuted in state court. However, there are some weapons crimes that are charged as federal offenses meaning they are prosecuted in federal court by the United States Attorney’s office. Federal weapons offenses typically carry severe penalties and often come with mandatory prison sentences.
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The two main laws that govern federal gun crimes are 18 U.S.C. § 922 and 18 U.S.C. § 924. These offenses are investigated by experienced federal law enforcement agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
These types of federal cases are serious and the litigation issues can be complicated. You will need a federal criminal defense lawyer who knows federal criminal law, procedure, the local court processes, and understanding the sentencing guidelines.
Federal law regulates firearms, their purchase, sale, possession, manufacture, and distribution. There is a wide range of weapons charges that be charged in federal court. Commonly, federal weapons charges involve individuals who have a prior felony conviction and are not legally allowed to possess any type of firearm. Federal weapons offenses are governed by the United States Code, but generally involve the possession of a weapon by a previous offender or felon, the use of weapons to commit another type of crime, the sale of a weapon to or possession by a minor, false statement during the purchase of a weapon, unlicensed import, manufacture or sale of a firearm, knowing possession of an illegal firearm, possession of a weapon by a person who has been convicted of domestic violence or is the subject of a restraining order, and the sale of ammunition to a prohibited person.
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Weapons offenses are most commonly charged in conjunction with other crimes like murder, drug cases, and bank robbery.
The penalties for federal weapons violations vary depending upon the specific offense and the presence of an aggravating factor. However, most involve a mandatory minimum sentence of at least 5 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
If you have been charged with federal weapons crimes a skilled Denver gun case attorney is essential. Get in touch with experienced Denver weapons charges defense attorney Jason Savela by calling (720) 821-1001.