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It takes determination to defend against federal firearms charges

A previous post here discussed how federal firearms offenses can significantly increase a convicted individual's penalties, even when facing another criminal charge. California and the United States government crack down hard on individuals who use a firearm in the commission of a crime. Therefore, they often prosecute a federal weapons crime to the fullest extent. This threatens an accused individual with several additional years behind bars and other penalties that can seriously damage life.

Weapons crimes as part of another offense

There are many federal firearms offenses. As discussed in a prior post on our blog, it is illegal to mail a firearm across state lines if neither party is licenses. However, weapons offenses can also occur in the course of a robbery, theft, murder, or any other number of offenses. When faced with these criminal charges, criminal defendants may be in for the fight of their life.

Understanding criminal copyright infringement

Many Californians may be familiar with copyright infringement. There are many ways in which a copyright can be infringed upon, but it defined as violating the exclusive rights of a copyright holder. This includes making duplicated of DVDs and CDs without authorization. Though some may remember the civil lawsuits that arose during Napster's heyday, few may realize that copyright infringement can actually be a serious criminal offense.

California attorney facing child pornography charges

A California attorney is in hot water after being accused of possessing and distributing child pornography. According to authorities, the deputy Los Angeles city attorney had been under investigation since November of 2013, and a search warrant executed in early September resulted in the seizure of several computers and other digital evidence. It is also alleged that signs of child exploitation were found in the home. The accused now faces two felony charges, which could land him in prison for up to more than five years. He is currently on administrative leave.

Is it against the law to mail a gun?

You might think that, so long as you purchase a gun legally, you can send it to whomever you want. However, this is not the case. The federal government has placed numerous restrictions on the transport and shipping of firearms, and those who run afoul of these laws can be charged with a serious federal firearms offense. Therefore, it is in your best interest to know the law as best as possible before mailing a gun to another individual.