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The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

Todd Spodek is a second generation attorney with immense experience. He has many years of experience handling 100’s of tough and hard to win trials. He’s been featured on major news outlets, such as New York Post, Newsweek, Fox 5 New York, South China Morning Post, Insider.com, and many others.

In 2022, Netflix released a series about one of Todd’s clients: Anna Delvey/Anna Sorokin.

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Federal Gun Charges Explained


Federal Gun Charges Explained

Getting charged with a federal gun crime can be scary. The penalties are often severe, and the laws are complex. This article provides an overview of key things to know if you are facing federal firearm charges.

What is a Federal Gun Charge?

Federal gun charges refer to crimes involving firearms that are prosecuted under federal laws. Some examples include[1]:

  • Possession of a firearm by a prohibited person (felon in possession)
  • Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime
  • Possession of a stolen firearm
  • Selling firearms without a license
  • Transporting firearms across state lines with intent to commit a felony

The main difference between federal and state gun laws is that federal laws apply nationwide. Federal charges also often carry stiffer penalties compared to similar state charges[2].

Why are Federal Gun Laws More Strict?

Congress has enacted federal gun laws under its power to regulate interstate commerce. The goal is to curb gun violence and crime on a national scale[3].

Federal gun laws tend to have harsher penalties because[4]:

  • Most federal gun crimes have mandatory minimum sentences that limit judicial discretion. For example, possession of a firearm by a felon carries a minimum 10 years in prison.
  • Federal sentencing guidelines recommend longer prison terms compared to state laws.
  • Federal convictions result in losing firearm rights under both federal and state laws.

Are There Any Defenses to Federal Gun Charges?

The most common defenses to federal firearm charges include:

  • Lack of knowledge – The prosecution must prove you knowingly possessed a prohibited item or committed the alleged offense. For example, if you did not know a firearm you bought was stolen.
  • Self-defense – Possessing a firearm may be justified in cases of self-defense against an imminent threat. However, self-defense rights are limited for convicted felons.
  • Second Amendment – Courts may rule a firearm statute unconstitutional under the Second Amendment right to bear arms. However, this rarely succeeds outside the home.
  • Unlawful search and seizure – If the police violated your Fourth Amendment rights by an illegal search, any evidence found may be suppressed. This could result in charges being dismissed.
  • Entrapment – You may have a defense if the government induced you to commit a crime you otherwise would not have.

Your attorney can help assess any possible defenses based on the facts of your case.

What Happens at a Federal Gun Crime Trial?

If you do not accept a plea bargain, your case will go to trial in federal court. The trial process includes:

  • Jury selection – A jury of 12 citizens is chosen to hear the evidence and decide guilt.
  • Opening statements – The prosecution and defense outline their main arguments.
  • Government’s case – Prosecutors call witnesses and present evidence trying to prove the elements of the firearm offense.
  • Defense case – Your lawyer cross examines witnesses and may raise defenses like unlawful search or lack of knowledge.
  • Closing arguments – Both sides summarize their positions and argue why the jury should rule in their favor.
  • Jury deliberations – The jury meets privately to discuss the case and reach a unanimous verdict.
  • Verdict – The jury acquits or convicts on the federal gun charge(s).

How Can a Lawyer Defend Against Federal Gun Charges?

The best chance at beating a federal firearm charge involves having an experienced defense lawyer on your side. A lawyer can:

  • Evaluate any possible constitutional or procedural violations regarding your arrest and the seizure of evidence.
  • Negotiate with prosecutors for reduced charges or sentencing recommendations. Over 90% of federal cases end in guilty pleas.
  • Challenge any weak spots in the prosecution’s case and raise defenses. For example, arguing you did not “knowingly” commit the crime.
  • Advocate for the mandatory minimum sentence to not apply at your sentencing hearing.
  • Appeal the case if errors occurred that violated your rights.


The bottom line is that federal firearm laws are complex, but the penalties for conviction are severe. If you are under investigation or charged federally, it is essential to consult with a criminal defense attorney right away. An attorney experienced in federal gun cases can protect your rights, build a strong defense, and help achieve the best possible outcome whether through dismissal, plea bargain, trial, or appealing a conviction.

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