Have you been arrested for Possession of a Firearm in Palm Beach County, Florida?
Federal law strictly regulates the sale, transport and distribution of firearms, particularly across state lines. Federal criminal laws regulate to whom guns can be sold, where the guns can be sold, as well as who the guns can be bought by. Violating these laws carries steep penalties for those with a previous criminal history who are convicted of unlawfully possessing a firearm. If a convicted felon is found to be in possession of a firearm, he or she can be facing a lengthy prison term. The same is true for anyone who sells or distributes firearms across state lines without the proper licensure or someone who possesses certain types of weapons outlawed under federal law. Given the often steep penalties associated with federal gun crimes, it is imperative to ensure that whatever criminal defense attorney you choose to represent you in connection with federal gun crime charges in Palm Beach County is (i) not only experienced in federal court but (ii) is also experienced in representing defendants accused of such offenses. West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Bryan Raymond has been practicing law for over 20 years and meets both criteria. He is a zealous advocate for his clients who will fight federal prosecutors tooth and nail to secure the best result possible for his clients who have been accused of federal gun crimes.
The Federal Felon in Possession Law
Under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1), anyone “who has been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year” is expressly prohibited by federal law to own a firearm. Although this statute seems to run smack into an individual’s right to own firearms under the Second Amendment, it has been held constitutional despite multiple challenges by defendants who have been prosecuted under this law. The federal felon in possession law also applies regardless of whether someone has been convicted of a felony under state or federal law. The criminal punishments associated with violating the federal felon in possession law is a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison in addition to a fine.
Federal Law Prohibiting The Sale of Firearms Across State Lines and Prohibiting the Transportation of Certain Types of Weapons
Federal law also makes it illegal for a person to import or conduct transactions in firearms across state lines. There is an exception if the person possesses a license to import, produce, or deal in firearms. However, if the person selling the firearm does not have such a license, he or she can be criminally charged under federal law. Federal law also prohibits the transportation of certain types of weapons. For instance, it is illegal under federal law for a person to transport bombs, grenades, rockets, missiles, mines, machineguns, rifles and short-barreled shotguns.
Contact Experienced West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Attorney Bryan Raymond if You Have Been Arrested for or Charged with a Federal Gun Crime in Palm Beach County
If you have been arrested and charged with a felony in possession or another federal gun crime in Palm Beach County, contact experienced West Palm Beach criminal attorney Bryan Raymond today. Bryan has litigated multiple cases in which his clients were accused of illegally possessing a firearm or other federal gun crimes. Therefore, if you have been arrested for or charged with a federal gun crime in Palm Beach County, Florida, your first call should be to Bryan Raymond. Bryan is an aggressive, experienced criminal defense attorney who will make sure you have the best defense possible in connection with your federal gun crime charges.