A previous post here discussed how federal firearms offenses can significantly increase a convicted individual’s penalties, even when facing another criminal charge. California and the United States government crack down hard on individuals who use a firearm in the commission of a crime. Therefore, they often prosecute a federal weapons crime to the fullest extent. This threatens an accused individual with several additional years behind bars and other penalties that can seriously damage life.
For this reason, those California residents facing federal firearms charges should be sure to acquire the legal assistance they need. The Law Office of Thomas A. Johnson can provide that help. We are experienced at handling weapons cases and we know how to craft a diligent and aggressive criminal defense. Whether you decide to go to trial or enter into plea negotiations, we will fight to decrease or eliminate the penalties you could face.
There are many ways to defend against a weapons crime. One way to do this is to deny intent. Many weapons offenses require a criminal defendant to knowingly or intentionally possess or use a weapon. Thus, if it can be shown that the accused individual did not know that he or she possessed a weapon, then the charge may be dismissed or an acquittal may be reached on that count.
In the end, a criminal conviction is a life-changing event. However, by putting forth the best defense possible, you can stand a chance at regaining your freedom, reputation and stability. But this requires hard legal work, strategizing and determination. We can give your case all this and more.