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Our experienced federal criminal attorneys handle federal 924(c) gun crime cases throughout the state of New York and the United States. If you have been charged with a federal gun crime, you should contact a skilled federal criminal defense lawyer right away to protect your rights and your reputation. If there is any indication that you might be suspected of a crime, do not give a statement to the police or discuss the matter with anyone. Instead, contact a lawyer right away to minimize the likelihood that you will be charged.
Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1) any person who possesses a firearm in furtherance of a federal crime of violence or drug trafficking offense shall, if convicted under 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1), be sentenced to no less than five years imprisonment, set to run consecutively to any other sentences imposed for the underlying crime or additional crimes, and without the possibility of probation. This increases to 7 years if the firearm is brandished, 10 years if the firearm is a short-barreled rifle or shotgun, or if it is a semi-automatic assault weapon and rises to 30 years if the weapon is a machine gun or destructive device, or if it is equipped with a silencer or muffler. The sentence imposed pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1) may not run concurrently with sentences for other crimes and repeat offenders receive a minimum of 25 year.
Mere possession of a weapon, without more, is insufficient to sustain a conviction under 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1); the possession must have been “in furtherance of” the underlying federal crime of violence or drug trafficking crime. This requires specific evidence that the defendant possessed the weapon to further, promote, or advance the criminal activity so that a nexus between the two is apparent.
If you or a loved one have been charged with a federal gun crime you should contacted a skilled and experienced Federal Criminal Lawyer without delay to ensure that your rights are protected. Our experienced Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers offer free consultations 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are available on short notice.