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Federal Weapons Charges Lawyers in Boston, Massachusetts

Firearms Charges Carry Serious Penalties

Under federal law, background checks are not required on private gun sales. Gun owners are not required to have a license. While assault weapons and large capacity magazines are not illegal under federal law, possession of firearms by certain individuals is illegal, as are firearms sales/transfers and interstate transportation.

Individual state firearms laws in New England, Boston, and New York are more restrictive than federal laws when it comes to background checks, restrictions for buying, licensing requirements and concealed carrying.

Depending on your previous convictions, federal firearms laws have harsh penalties for violent offenders, drug users or illegal aliens possessing a firearm or ammunition that was carried across a state line at any time.

Additionally, people who are subject to a domestic restraining order, were convicted for domestic assault, fugitive from justice or dishonorably discharged from the military face similar penalties for possession of firearms.

Convicted felons who are discovered possessing a firearm face up to 10 years in prison, but if found with a firearm after three violent felony convictions, the prison time increases to at least 15 years behind bars.

Enhanced punishment includes mandatory consecutive penalties which increase sentences. Using a shotgun or assault weapon adds 10 years to a penalty for a violent-crime. Using an automatic weapon, silencer or other destructive device adds 30 years of prison time.

Protecting Your Rights

Our Federal firearms attorneys have successfully defended these types of cases by filing and arguing motions to suppress the weapon or firearm from evidence.

If a motion to suppress evidence fails, our skilled defense lawyers may still work to persuade a judge or jury that reasonable doubt exists regarding his client’s knowing, intentional and unlawful possession of the weapon.

Under the 4th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, every citizen in the United States has a right to be free from unlawful searches and seizure.

Our experienced attorneys have successfully challenged police car-stops, searches of homes and businesses, UPS and Express Mail packages and one’s person, whether with or without warrants.

We can help you also for charges of unlawful possession of a weapon such as a dagger, dirk knife, switchblade, blowgun or metallic knuckles.

Tough Firearms Crimes Defense Attorneys

We are committed to defending your rights and getting the optimal result in your federal firearms case.

If you have been charged with illegal possession of a firearm, or other firearms charges, speak with an attorney before talking to the federal investigators, police or prosecuting attorneys.

We offer a free phone consultation at the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm to get the facts of your case up front. Email us, or call our office at 617-297-9213.

We provide experienced legal advocacy for clients right in Boston and throughout New England.


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