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Collin County Federal Firearm Violations Lawyer

If you or a loved one are arrested for a firearms-related crime, you may be aware that you face potentially severe consequences if you are convicted of those crimes. Legislatures and the public place particular importance on gun-related offenses due to the risk of severe injury and death that firearms pose. As a result, prosecutors vigorously pursue convictions for firearms charges, and the laws impose strict penalties on firearms crimes offenders.

If you are facing firearms charges at the federal level, as opposed to just state law charges, you should be aware that you face even more serious penalties under federal law. The sentencing guidelines for federal firearms charges are especially severe. If you or a loved one are facing federal firearms charges, you need to consult with an experienced, dedicated Collin County gun crime defense lawyer as soon as possible. You may be facing important decisions that may affect the rest of your life, such as offers from law enforcement or prosecutors to become a cooperating witness or to plead guilty in exchange for a more lenient sentence. You may also have a limited window to assert and protect important rights that you have in the criminal justice process.

The criminal defense law firm of Rosenthal & Wadas, can offer you the experience, knowledge, and resources, to help you face the complexities of defending against federal firearms charges. We are ready to sit down with you during a confidential consultation so that you can discuss your case with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who can talk to you about the potential outcomes for your case and how our firm can help you obtain the most favorable result possible for you.

Do I Need a Federal Firearms Charges Lawyer?

If you or a loved one are facing federal firearms charges, it is critical that you do not face the criminal justice system alone. You need a federal firearms charges lawyer who can help you to understand your rights and options when facing your charges. A federal firearms charges attorney can begin helping you by investigating the facts and circumstances of your case to identify possible legal defenses you can assert against your charges. For example, the evidence the government has may not be sufficient to prove each of the elements of your charges. Or the government may have obtained its evidence in violation of your constitutional rights, potentially rendering such evidence inadmissible in a trial.

A federal firearms charges lawyer can also help you explore alternatives to disposing of your charges. Depending on the circumstances of your case and the severity of your charges, it may be possible to obtain an alternative disposition of your charges that ultimately results in dismissal of your charges without a conviction. Alternatively, an attorney can also help you attempt to negotiate a plea agreement with the government if you wish to plead guilty in your case, which may help you to obtain a much more lenient sentence than the maximum one possible under the federal sentencing guidelines. Again, depending on the facts of your case, the government may request that you assist in further investigations or prosecutions, such as by serving as a government witness in prosecutions against other individuals or as an informant for ongoing criminal activity. An attorney can help you ensure that you receive appropriate protections if you choose to cooperate with the government and receive leniency in the treatment of your charges for your cooperation.

If you chose to defend against your federal firearms charges at trial, a lawyer is critical to help you craft a persuasive case for trial. A federal firearms charges attorney will vigorously advocate on your behalf to the judge or the jury to help you obtain a not guilty verdict or, if you are ultimately convicted, to receive the lowest possible sentence under the federal sentencing guidelines.

Why Choose Rosenthal & Wadas to Handle My Case?

If you or a loved one are facing federal firearms charges in Collin County, you are undertaking a serious, complicated legal battle against the U.S. Government. You need a dedicated, experienced, knowledgeable legal representation on your side if you want to succeed in obtaining the best possible outcome for your case. The law firm of Rosenthal & Wadas can give you the legal assistance you need in facing your federal firearms charges.

Rosenthal & Wadas is the largest criminal defense law firm in Collin County. As a result, we can offer each of our clients all the resources they need to address their charges. We are also the only firm that has two Texas Criminal Law Board Certified partners – this certification, which is only granted to one percent of attorneys, means that an attorney has substantial experience in the field of criminal law and has demonstrated and tested their competence in the field.

As a result, when you hire Rosenthal & Wadas to represent you against your federal firearms charges, you get multiple experienced lawyers who will work together to develop the best possible strategy for your case.

Federal Firearms Cases We Handle

Our experienced criminal defense attorneys have helped clients facing a wide variety of federal firearms charges. Our lawyers can help you if you have been charged with any number of federal firearms offenses, such as:

  • Possession of a prohibited firearm (a firearm with an obliterated serial number or a machine gun manufactured after May 1986)
  • Possession of a firearm by a prohibited person (e.g., felon, drug user, mentally incompetent or committed individual, illegal alien or non-immigrant alien, persons subject to a domestic protection order)
  • Possession or use of a firearm during the commission of a violent or drug trafficking crime
  • Possession of a firearm or ammunition by a juvenile
  • Transfer of a firearm or ammunition to a juvenile
  • Possession of a firearm within 1000 feet of a school zone
  • Transfer of a firearm by a licensed firearms dealer without observing the waiting period
  • Making a false statement to a licensed firearms dealer in connection with the purchase of a firearm

Our knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys can help you address any federal firearms charges that you may be facing. Contact our firm today to discuss your case in further detail with an experienced federal firearms charges lawyer.

Frequently Asked Questions about Firearm Offenses

It is possible for you to be charged and convicted for possession of a firearm even if the firearm was not physically on your person. The government can prove that you had “possession” of the firearm merely by establishing, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you had dominion and control over the firearm. For example, the government can point to the fact that a firearm was seized from a residence or a room within a residence over which you had exclusive control to prove that you were the only person who could have access to that firearm.
You should not withhold any information from your attorney, even if you think it is embarrassing or incriminating. In particular, you should provide your attorney with as much detail as possible about the events and circumstances leading up to your arrest, such as what the law enforcement officers who arrested you did and said. These facts may be essential to demonstrate that any evidence against you may have been obtained in violation of your rights.
There are several avenues of defense to federal firearms charges. The first avenue tests the sufficiency of the government’s evidence. The government is required to prove every element of your charge beyond a reasonable doubt. Many tests of the adequacy of the government’s evidence argue that you never had possession of the firearm or firearms at issue. For example, if firearms are seized from a vehicle occupied by you and other persons, it may be possible to argue that you did not know the firearm was in the vehicle and/or that you did not have control over the firearm (for example, the firearm was located under another passenger’s seat).

The second avenue of defense challenges the legality of the government’s evidence. In some cases, law enforcement obtains evidence in violation of a defendant’s constitutional rights. For example, law enforcement officers may conduct a search in circumstances where they are required first to obtain a search warrant. Or investigations may obtain incriminating statements from you without first explaining your Miranda rights or without observing the exercise of your rights (such as your request to speak with an attorney).

The Collin County Federal Firearm Charges Attorneys at Rosenthal & Wadas Are Here to Fight for You

When you or a loved one are arrested on federal firearms charges, you need to move quickly to assert your rights and protect your freedom. The Collin County federal firearms charges lawyers at Rosenthal & Wadas stand ready to help you put forth the best possible defense in your case so that you can get back to your family and your life as soon as possible.

Contact us today at online or by calling (972) 369-0577 to speak with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys to learn more about your legal rights and options and about how our firm can give you the best chance at the most favorable outcome in your case.