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California couple arrested for weapons and drug offenses

Federal firearm offenses are very serious. An individual convicted of federal firearms offenses can face prison time, long probationary periods and much more. A person prohibited to possess a firearm can face either federal or state charges. Under federal statute a felon in possession of a firearm can face up to 10 years in prison. If an offender has three or more prior convictions they can face a minimum of 15 years in prison, without the opportunity for parole.

Oldest Pasadena street gang targeted for drug trafficking

With its close proximity to Mexico, Southern California has long been notorious for drug trafficking and the illegal drug trade. Unfortunately, sometimes good people can get caught up in the bad decisions of others. This is sometimes referred to as guilt by association. While association may be enough to make the police suspicious, it is not enough to put a person behind bars. In such cases, it is vital to build a strong defense.

Federal charges brought for loan modification scam

The federal government takes financial fraud very seriously. Individuals suspected of financial crimes such as fraud or embezzlement often face long and invasive federal investigations, as well as aggressive federal prosecutions. Furthermore, while penalties for financial crimes vary dramatically depending on a variety of factors, federal charges for white collar crimes can carry long prison sentences and hefty fines.

California felon facing federal weapons charges

While the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects a person's right to bear arms, there are actually many restrictions on gun ownership. Under the Brady Act, for example, a person cannot own a gun if they were convicted of a crime that is punishable by more than a year in prison. Crimes punishable by more than one year in prison are felony offenses under federal law.