Firearms charges aren’t ever something that should be taken lightly, especially when they are federal charges. A person who is a convicted felon who is found in possession of a firearm could face a 10-year prison sentence, according to the Offices of the United States Attorneys. In some cases, such as when the person has three violent felonies, a 15-year minimum sentence is necessary upon conviction.

On top of these firearm charges, people who are convicted of crimes that included firearms could face additional time on their sentences because of the firearms. The added time could be as few as 10 years or as many as 30 years, depending on the type of firearm and accessories that are included. That time is in addition to the sentence that is imposed for the other charges related to the crime.

When you think of gun rights, you probably automatically think of people who have purchased guns in a legal manner. While there are many responsible gun owners who obtained their guns that way, there are many gun owners who have obtained their firearms in an illegal manner.

One estimate states that nine out of 10 gang members have access to a gun. In fact, these guns are usually considered communal property and the gang members can put their hands on a gun at any given time for any given reason.

If you are facing firearm charges on a federal level, you need to consider your defense very carefully. Federal law and the federal court system are different from others, so knowing the intricacies can help.

Source: Offices of the United States Attorneys, “112. Firearms Charges,” accessed Nov. 10, 2016