Houston Federal Weapon Crimes Attorney
Expert Federal Gun Crimes Lawyer in Houston, TX
Federal gun and weapon crimes are major criminal offenses that can carry maximum penalties of life in prison. Firearm possession is prohibited under a number of circumstances by the federal government. It is important to remember that a state may have stricter gun regulations. Depending on the circumstances of the case, you may face state and federal weapons charges. It is crucial that you hire a leading criminal defense lawyer as soon as you are indicted on federal gun charges. A conviction can result in the loss of your right to own a firearm and the loss of your freedom. If you have been charged with a federal gun or weapons charge, contact Houston Federal Weapon Crimes Attorney James Alston Law today to schedule a consultation.
Firearm Possession By A Prohibited Person
Federal law prohibits certain people from possessing a firearm. Under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) the following people are prohibited from possessing a firearm or receiving ammunition:
- Unlawful drug users or someone addicted to any controlled substance
- Someone adjudicated with a mental health disorder or who has been committed to a mental institution
- Illegal aliens or in the U.S. unlawfully
- Someone discharged under dishonorable conditions from the Armed Forces
- A U.S. citizen who has renounced their citizenship
- Has a restraining order against them
- Convicted of domestic violence
Additionally, 18 U.S.C. § 922(n) prohibits a person who is under indictment for a crime punishable by one (1) year or more in prison to possess a firearm.
It is important to remember that in order to be charged under this federal statute, the prosecutor must show that the firearm was transported across state lines at some point.
Selling Firearms To A Prohibited Person
As codified under 18 U.S.C. § 922(d), it is unlawful for a person to knowingly “sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition” to a prohibited person under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g). A person might be prosecuted under this statute if they knew that the person was prohibited from firearm possession or if they had “reasonable cause to believe” that they were a prohibited person under the statute mentioned above.
Possession In Relation To A Crime Of Violence Or Drug Trafficking
18 U.S.C. § 924(c) prohibits the carrying or possession of a firearm “during and in relation to a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime, or the possession of a firearm in furtherance of those crimes. The penalties under this statute can include a prison sentence of at least five (5) years. Depending on the type of firearm used and whether someone was injured or killed from the use of the firearm, a person may be sentenced to life without the opportunity for parole.
Other Related Offenses
The federal government also prohibits a person from possessing a stolen firearm, ammunition, or explosive, possessing or discharging a firearm in a school zone, knowingly possessing or manufacturing certain types of weapons or firearms that have been illegally modified, or giving a firearm to a juvenile.
Contact An Experienced Gun & Weapon Attorney
James Alston is a board-certified criminal defense attorney in Houston, TX dedicated to defending those charged with state and federal crimes. His experience prosecuting cases at both the state and federal level helps him to build a strategic defense for his clients. If you have been arrested on gun or weapons charges, you need experience you can count on; You need a leading criminal defense lawyer who will fight hard to get you the best possible outcome in your case. Contact Houston Federal Weapon Crimes Attorney James Alston Law for a consultation and to get your case started today.