Articles Tagged with Federal Use of a Firearm in a Crime of Violence or Drug Trafficking Crime Defense Lawyer

As an experienced criminal defense attorney in Chicago, I understand the gravity of facing federal charges, especially those involving firearms. One of the most severe and complex charges under federal law is the use of a firearm in a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime, governed by 18 U.S.C. § 924(c). This statute imposes harsh penalties and can significantly increase the severity of the underlying offense. In this article, I will provide a detailed overview of the statute, relevant laws, potential penalties, common defenses, and the importance of having skilled legal representation.

Understanding the Statute and Relevant Laws

18 U.S.C. § 924(c) is a federal statute that specifically addresses the use of firearms in connection with crimes of violence or drug trafficking offenses. The statute mandates severe penalties for individuals who use, carry, or possess a firearm during and in relation to any crime of violence or drug trafficking crime. The law is designed to deter the use of firearms in these serious offenses and to impose additional punishment on those who do.

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