Losing a case in federal court can be soul-crushing. The penalties imposed can be daunting, to say the least, and the individual's family can be just as disheartened. The loss can seem to suck the hope out of a Californian's life. Nonetheless, he or she should remain strong because he or she may have a second chance to argue his or her position.
In an attempt to curb gun violence, the federal government has enacted many laws over the years. One pivotal piece of legislation is known as the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act. This law has many components to it, but perhaps most important amongst them are the limitations on who is disallowed from owning or possessing a firearm. For example, Californians who were convicted of a crime and were subsequently sentenced to a year or more in prison cannot own a gun. Doing so would be a federal crime.
As was evidenced by the case that was discussed in last week's blog post, federal authorities are still aggressively pursuing Californians they believe are involved in drug trafficking and related offenses. The government typically spends months, sometimes, even years investigating individuals to gather evidence. This means that those who are accused of drug crimes are often up against relatively strong legal arguments and supporting evidence.
Most federal offenses carry significant penalties upon conviction. Amongst those offenses are those involving drugs. With the war on drugs seeming to rage on, federal prosecutors still take a hard line on those Californians they believe are breaking the law. This means that those who are accused of these crimes could be up against aggressive prosecutors and tough legal arguments. In these situations, it is critical to develop as strong of a California criminal defense as is possible under the circumstances. Failing to do so could lead to the imposition of tough penalties.