Federal Gun Crimes Page
The United States Justice Department takes federal gun crimes very seriously. Their definition of a firearm is broad, and the penalties for using one in connection with a crime are severe. In addition, if you are charged with a federal gun crime, depending on prior convictions and residency status, you may be subject to harsher penalties. At Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger, we are well versed in these laws.
The definitions of a firearm and potential sentences are listed below, according to the Justice Department’s Fire Arm Fact Sheet.
Definition
• Afirearm is any weapon (including a starter gun) that can expel a projectile by means of an explosive or is designed or may be readily converted to do so.
• A “destructive device” includes any explosive, incendiary, or poisonous gas – (i) bomb, (ii) grenade, or (iii) similar device – or any combination of parts designed or intended to be converted into a destructive device, or from which a destructive device may be readily assembled.
Penalties
• Punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment.
• An offender may receive a minimum sentence of 15 years without parole if the offender has three or more prior convictions for a felony violent crime (e.g. burglary, robbery, assault, possession of offensive weapons) and/or a drug trafficking felony.
Penalties can also change based on circumstances. For example, carrying a firearm in a school zone can carry a five-year sentence. A stolen firearm can carry a ten-year sentence. Carrying a firearm while committing a violent crime or while possessing drugs can carry a sentence of five years to life in prison. In addition, there are other factors that can increase the sentence, such as immigration status.
At Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger, we understand the complexities of federal firearm laws. We are aware of the varying sentences and the additional factors that affect sentencing. That is why if you have been charged with a federal gun crime in Baton Rouge, you need our experience and expertise. We have lawyers who have argued in front of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and have licenses all 3 federal district courts in Louisiana. We bring this expertise to the table to help make sure you get a fair and just trial.
In addition to our experience, we put the client before the punishment. We are not here to just settle cases. We are here to get the best outcome the law allows. Our team will spend time understanding the circumstances of your case. We will educate you on your rights and what your case entails. We will create and execute a defense plan and guide you through it. In addition, we will make sure you know your potential outcome and choices in the matter. And we will help provide links to resources to help you while you are going through the process. Moreover, we will communicate with the authorities and all other entities involved. From counseling to helping you get your affairs in order, we will make sure you are prepared for what’s to come. So if you have been accused of a federal gun crime, do not settle for getting railroaded by the justice system. Let us help find you the justice your case deserves.