Highly Experienced Defense Attorneys Helping You Fight Back Against Federal Gun Charges
Decades of experience. Passionate defense. That is the promise you get when you walk through the doors of Roberts Law Group, PLLC, in North Carolina. We use our resources to make sure you have a strong defense, and we do not rest unless we know we have done everything possible to defend you.
We can help defend against firearms charges. We don’t hesitate to take on difficult cases, and we do not waste time. Find out more about our history of success handling federal cases, including serious gun crimes. Then, call us at 877-880-5753 or send us an email and get your defense underway.
When it comes to firearms and federal law, there are a range of charges, all of them serious. Unlawful possession, illegal transportation and transfer, and using firearms during a crime can all lead to the involvement of federal law enforcement. In some cases, you may not even have realized you were legally prohibited from carrying a gun. Existing criminal records, like felony convictions or domestic violence convictions, can make it a crime for you to possess a firearm.
No matter the specific type of gun charge you’re facing, you cannot afford to go in without a lawyer.
We know the criminal justice system from both sides. With a former prosecutor on our team, we know how prosecutors think, and we can use that knowledge to your advantage.
Representation For Federal Gun Charges
When you’re seeking representation for federal gun charges, you need an attorney with experience handling these particular types of cases. Federal firearm crimes are very serious, and a person found guilty of a firearms crime will face long-term consequences, like jail time and heavy fines. Their conviction will show up on background checks, limiting their opportunities.
Federal law enforcement agencies such as the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) take gun violations very seriously. The lawyers at Roberts Law Group are just as serious about your defense.
We can help you by:
- Reviewing the circumstances of your case, including firearm possession and any other charges accompanying it
- Disputing the prosecution’s case by tracking serial numbers (and other investigative techniques)
- Clarifying whether you purchased the firearm from a legitimate license-holder
- Defending your case in court, including at trial, if needed
Don’t risk handling serious gun charges on your own. A conviction will follow you for life if you are found guilty. Our experience is here as a resource for you. Call our office today to get answers to your questions: 877-880-5753.
What Is The Federal Definition Of A Firearm?
The federal government has put detailed gun laws into place in an effort to curb gun violence. The United States Code defines a firearm as a weapon that uses explosive action to expel a projectile. Guns that use compressed air – like BB guns and pellet guns – don’t qualify as firearms under this definition.
The federal definition of ” firearm” also includes:
- Frames and receivers for such weapons
- Silencers and mufflers for such weapons
- Explosive, incendiary or poison-gas devices (such as bombs, grenades, missiles, mines and high-powered rockets)
What this really means is that your shotgun is a firearm, 3D-printed guns are firearms, explosives are firearms, and any weapon that uses a projectile and an exploding mechanism like a trigger is a firearm. (Certain antique firearms, however, are specifically excluded from this definition.)
Law enforcement officers will not care if your firearm is a homemade pipe bomb or a sawed-off shotgun. To them, a firearm is a firearm. However, in some cases certain types of firearms, like sawed-off shotguns, can result in increased penalties for the accused. And, if a peace officer finds you with a firearm in your possession during the search and investigation of a drug crime or violent crime, the charges and sentence will almost certainly be much harsher.
Types Of Federal Gun Crimes
Now that you know the definition of a firearm under federal law, the next question is what constitutes a criminal violation of federal gun law? These are the main offenses:
- Obtaining firearms illegally: Federal law, upheld by the Supreme Court, requires you to follow a number of steps prior to owning a gun. If you purchase your gun through a gun shop, you must pass background checks and your gun must be stamped with a serial number that can trace who purchased the gun initially through a gun owner registry.
- Carrying a firearm in connection with certain crimes: If you have a firearm on your person when completing a drug transaction, engaging in a violent crime, or certain other offenses, you are going to see significantly more serious charges under federal law.
- Gun trafficking: Illegal trafficking in firearms can land you in a federal prison for years, if not decades.
- Unlawful possession: Federal law prohibits certain people from possessing firearms, including:
- Convicted felons
- People with misdemeanor domestic violence convictions
- Those who have a domestic restraining order (involving an intimate partner or child) out against them
- People with substance abuse problems
- Undocumented immigrants and people here on nonimmigrant visas
- Fugitives from justice
- Ex-military members who were dishonorably discharged
If you are facing criminal charges for alleged violations of federal gun laws, you have options and you have a fearless defense. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling all types of federal firearms charges.
Please note: If you are a current or retired law enforcement officer, federal law permits you to carry concealed nationwide, not just in North Carolina. If you have been charged with unlawful possession or another gun crime while carrying concealed and you fall under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, call us immediately at 877-880-5753.
Penalties For Federal Gun Convictions
One of the most common topics people bring up in their first visit with us is penalties. You want to know the worst-case scenario, and we understand that a complete picture helps you make decisions about your defense. Here is what you should know.
What Are The Penalties For Federal Gun Convictions?
The penalties you may face from a felony conviction will vary based on the nature of the crime. Incarceration and other consequences – like fines or suspension of your civil rights – are all possibilities.
If you are facing charges for a federal gun crime, you need to speak with an attorney right away. We will make sure you understand the consequences you are facing and can begin developing a solid case for your defense.
How To Resolve Federal Gun Charges
The first and most important step in defending against gun charges is to call us. You want to make sure you have an attorney by your side who knows federal law, who has experience in federal court, and who can guide you through the many nuances of these cases. We can do just that – and more. There are numerous ways we can help you minimize the impact on your civil rights, freedoms and future.
What if you’re facing multiple charges on top of the gun crime? In many cases, gun possession charges result from a law enforcement investigation into other crimes. Maybe guns were uncovered during a drug bust. Or perhaps what started as a domestic violence arrest soon led to serious gun trafficking charges.
We can represent you against all these charges. Our lawyers are no strangers to complex, multicount felony cases, whether they involve drug trafficking, violent crime, homicide or any other serious offense. We know how to resolve federal gun charges in relation to other pending investigations.
Get In Touch Today
Let our attorneys review your case. We work with gun laws virtually every day. We’ll work tirelessly to keep you out of federal prison and keep your life on track. To get started, email us or call 877-880-5753. We have multiple offices across North Carolina.
U.S. vs. J.R.
Charge: Mail Fraud (9 Counts), Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud
Facing: Three years in prison
Result: One year, One day
Our client was convicted of nine counts of mail fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. The government alleged that our client fraudulently obtained more than $115,000 from her former employer. At the sentencing hearing, the Judge granted our motion for a downward departure, sentencing our client to one year and one day. The government had asked the judge to sentence our client to several years.