Tampa Federal Gun Charge Attorney
Federal gun charges are some of the most complicated and if you have been accused, you will face some of the harshest penalties. The law is not only complex, but it also provides federal prosecutors with a wide arsenal of tools and resources they use against the defendants they prosecute. In recent years particularly, there has been a sharp increase in the federal gun charges federal prosecutors pursue. Due to the common nature of these charges, many innocent people find themselves accused of a crime they did not commit.
If you have been charged with a federal gun crime, you need a solid defense. Our Tampa federal gun charge attorney can make sure your rights are upheld while crafting a strong defense for your case.
The Illegal Sale of Guns
There are a number of federal laws and regulations in place that pertain to selling firearms. These include licensing requirements, as well as certain restrictions when guns are being transported across state lines. According to federal law, individuals are required to obtain a valid license before selling firearms across state lines. Individuals who violate this law can be charged and if convicted, will face up to five years in federal prison.
Federal law also prohibits selling guns to individuals who do not meet the minimum age requirements. Sellers also cannot provide anyone with a gun if they are prohibited from owning one under the law. A violation of these laws can result in between ten and five years in federal prison.
Misrepresentations when Purchasing Guns
Just as people who sell guns must abide by certain laws, so too, must anyone who wishes to purchase a gun. There is a lot of paperwork involved with buying a gun and purchasers must complete these documents honestly. Any false statement or misrepresentation made to either the federal government or the gun dealer can result in a maximum of ten years in federal prison.
Straw purchases are also illegal under the law, as they involve making misrepresentations. A straw purchase is any purchase of a gun that is made by one person with the intent to give the firearm to a person who is not lawfully allowed to own one.
Carrying or Using a Gun While Committing a Crime
When a person carries or uses a gun during the commission of a drug crime or crime of violence, they will likely face charges for multiple offenses. The penalties will vary depending on the specific facts of a case but they generally include between five to thirty years in federal prison, and very high fines, depending on how the gun was used and if anyone was injured. Charges will also be filed for the original crime that was being committed.
Our Federal Gun Charge Lawyer Can Protect Your Freedom
If you have been charged with a crime involving a firearm, our Tampa federal gun charge attorney at OA Law Firm can provide the solid defense that will protect your rights, and your freedom. Call us now or contact us online to schedule a consultation and to learn more.