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Drug and Gun Charge Defenses Asserted in North Carolina Federal Courts

Criminal attorney skillfully challenges federal charges

If you have been contacted by federal investigators, if state or federal law enforcement agents have searched your property, or if you have been arrested, your first phone call should be to The Law Offices of Ames Chamberlin, P.L.L.C. in Greensboro, North Carolina. We offer aggressive defense to individuals facing federal prosecutions in the U.S. District Court and the Fourth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Serious federal gun and drug charges affect your freedom

Federal criminal prosecutions are often the result of lengthy and detailed investigations covering months or years of activity. Sentences for federal drug and gun convictions fall under guidelines that mandate certain minimum prison sentences. Drug convictions alone can carry a mandatory sentence ranging from five to ten years in prison. If you carried a gun while committing a drug crime that adds additional prison time to your sentence even if you did not use the weapon.

Federal gun and drug prosecutions have serious consequences and complex issues of proof. They include such gun and drug charges as:

  • Drugs:
    • Possession of illegal drugs
    • Possession with intent to distribute
    • Drug trafficking, manufacturing and distribution
  • Guns:
    • Possession of a weapon or ammunition by a prohibited person (felons, drug users, illegal aliens, persons subject to domestic violence orders and persons with dishonorable military discharges)
    • Possession, carrying or use of a gun while committing a drug felony or other federal violent felony
    • Possession of a silencer
    • Possession of a sawed-off shotgun or rifle
    • Possession of a fully automatic weapon or certain semi-automatic weapons

Armed career criminal laws in North Carolina’s federal courts

The federal “career criminal” laws are governed by the Armed Career Criminal Act (“ACCA”). This Act mandates 15 years to life in prison for any felony offense by a defendant having three prior violent or serious drug convictions.

A serious drug conviction is defined as any state drug conviction carrying a maximum of ten years imprisonment. Most North Carolina state drug crimes, such as manufacturing, distributing or possessing with intent to manufacture or distribute fit this definition.

A prior violent felony includes adult conviction AND juvenile adjudications. Any prior crime involving the use or force as well as other specified felonies, including burglaries punishable by a prison sentence in excess of 12 months. Crimes included in this definition are burglary, arson, extortion, acts involving use of explosives or involving conduct posing a serious potential risk of physical injury to another.

Free consultation to discuss your case with a hard-hitting federal defense attorney

Don’t risk spending your life in federal prison. Contact The Law Offices of Ames Chamberlin if you believe you are under federal investigation or have been charged in federal court. You can reach us online or by telephone at 336-638-1117 to arrange a free initial consultation at our Greensboro office.

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