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Types Of Federal Gun Offenses And Minimum Sentences

Facing a federal weapons violation? The potential penalties are harsh and could even include a minimum prison sentence of 15 years depending on your past criminal history. Get immediate legal advice from an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

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Two Main Federal Firearm Charges

  • Felon in possession of a Firearm and/or Ammunition
18 U.S.C. § 922(g)

You could face a minimum sentence of 15 years to a maximum of life in prison if convicted of violating 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) when you have three prior crimes of violence or controlled substance offenses on your record or a combination of the two as an Armed Career Criminal.

  • Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence or a drug trafficking offense.
18 U.S.C. § 924(c)

If you are convicted of this offense you face a mandatory consecutive prison sentence. Depending on the circumstances, the mandatory minimum sentences could range from five years for simple possession to 10 years for discharging the firearm. A second or subsequent conviction carries a 25-year sentence.