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Domestic Violence with Firearms

Posted by Vitaly Sigal | Apr 24, 2024 | 0 Comments

Domestic violence is typically a state-specific crime that is investigated by local police and tried by state prosecutors. However, there are some instances where domestic violence would rise to the level of a federal crime.

If you or someone you love is accused of domestic violence or domestic violence with a firearm, you need a strong defense. Contact Sigal Law Group today at (818) 325-0570 or schedule a consultation online.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is any kind of coercive behavior that a family member or domestic partner exerts over another. The coercive behavior in question can include anything from physical, psychological, economic, sexual, or emotional abuse. Sometimes, this abuse looks like criminal threats, sexual assault or battery, stalking, kidnapping, assault and battery, or even annoying phone calls.

When Does Domestic Violence Become a Federal Crime

Domestic violence can incite a federal criminal charge when it involves a federal crime. For instance, if the alleged abuser was a convicted felon and was in possession of a firearm at the time of the abuse, or if the weapon was used while sexually assaulting the victim, the domestic violence charge would rise to the level of a federal crime.

Moreover, federal law prohibits individuals convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence or who have certain domestic violence protective orders against them from purchasing and possessing firearms and ammunition.

Federal Firearms Penalties

Federal weapons offenses, including domestic violence offenses that involve a firearm, carry significant penalties. The specific sentence a defendant could face will be dependent on the particulars of the actual incident. Generally, though, the defendant could face a federal prison sentence of up to 10 years and up to $250,000 in fines. And, if the defendant uses the firearm to carry out another crime of violence, they will face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison.

It is very important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney if you are facing such charges. The skilled attorneys at Sigal Law Group understand how overwhelming the charges can be and will work tirelessly to ensure you are not subjected to unnecessarily harsh consequences. Contact Sigal Law Group today for a free consultation.

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Vitaly Sigal

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