The Real Effects Of A Weapons Charge In North Carolina
While the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution does offer citizens the right to bear arms, some people are prohibited from carrying or owning a firearm. If you are undocumented or a convicted felon or have a restraining order or domestic violence charge against you, you cannot possess a gun. Weapons charges are serious and carry severe penalties which can include up to life in prison. Most weapons charges are felonies. Convicted felons have a harder time getting a job and securing housing, and they cannot qualify for many types of federal aid.
At Vavonese Law Firm, PC, we handle gun and weapons charges in North Carolina and federal courts. If you are facing a weapons charge, it is in your best interest now, and in the long run, to immediately speak with a North Carolina criminal defense attorney. Call 919-833-7454 to speak with attorney Jamie Vavonese. Do not leave your case to chance.
Common Types Of Weapon Charges
Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime in violation of 18 USC 924 (c): In federal court drug and gun charges often go hand in hand. A 924 (c) violation has serious consequences and penalties including a requirement of a consecutive, mandatory minimum sentence ranging from 5 years in prison to life in prison.
Possession of a firearm by a prohibited person in violation of 18 USC §922 (g): Possessing a firearm after having been deemed a prohibited person is one of the most common charges in federal court. There are a number of reasons that a person may be prohibited from possessing a firearm, including having been convicted of a felony, being a fugitive from justice, being addicted to drugs, having a mental defect, or being subject to a domestic violence protective order or convicted of an act of domestic violence. The penalties for this federal gun charge range from zero to fifteen years in prison.
Other federal weapons offenses and gun charges include, but are not limited to:
- Illegal sale or purchase of a gun or gun trafficking
- Possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime or crime of violence
- Possession of prohibited firearms such as machine guns or short-barreled rifles or shotguns
- “Straw purchases” of firearms – using someone else to buy a gun
Weapons charges and convictions can leave a permanent stain on your record, as well as result in considerable jail time. Call Vavonese Law Firm, PC, for a free meeting with an attorney who can help you best protect your future.