At Elizabeth Franklin-Best, we’re experienced in federal firearm convictions and have helped numerous clients who have been convicted of firearms offenses. We understand a conviction’s impact on your life and your family’s future.
Our experienced federal appeals lawyers will work tirelessly to fight for your freedom and protect your rights. Don’t let a conviction or sentence define your future. Contact us today for a consultation and take the first step towards reclaiming your life.
Firearm Convictions Overview
Federal firearm convictions refer to criminal charges for using, possessing, selling, or transferring firearms violating federal laws.
These laws are enforced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), which investigates and recommends prosecution for firearm-related offenses.
Federal firearm convictions can result in severe consequences, including imprisonment, fines, and losing the right to bear arms.
Some of the most common firearm-related offenses that lead to federal convictions include:
- Illegal possession of a firearm
- Use or possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime
- Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
- Trafficking or selling firearms
- Straw purchasers for firearms
Federal firearm laws also regulate the types of legal firearms, such as fully automatic weapons or certain types of ammunition. Violations of these laws can result in severe consequences and long prison sentences. They can also be used to enhance sentences when someone is convicted of other federal offenses.
Grounds for Appealing Firearm Convictions and Sentences
Grounds for appealing firearm convictions and sentences can vary based on the circumstances of each case.
However, some common grounds for appeal include:
- Ineffective assistance of counsel — If you believe that your trial attorney provided ineffective representation that affected the outcome of your case, you may be able to appeal on the grounds of ineffective assistance of counsel.
- Improper evidence — If evidence was improperly obtained, presented, or excluded at trial, you might be able to appeal on the grounds that the evidence influenced the outcome of your case.
- Sentencing errors — If you believe your sentence was excessive or based on incorrect information, you may be able to appeal on the grounds of sentencing errors.
- Jury misconduct — If there is evidence of jury misconduct, such as jurors engaging in conversations about the case outside the courtroom or researching information related to the case, you may be able to appeal on the grounds of jury misconduct.
- Recent Supreme Court ruling — You may be able to raise a challenge to your conviction or sentence based on a recent United States Supreme Court case.
If you’re serving a sentence for a firearm conviction, consult with an experienced appeals attorney to determine the grounds for appeal in your specific case. An appeals attorney can review your case and identify any errors or constitutional violations that may have occurred during your trial or sentencing.
How Our Federal Appeals Attorney Helps You
Our federal appeals attorneys understand the challenges of a firearm conviction and its impact on your life and future. That’s why we’re here to help.
We have a proven track record of success in handling firearm-related appeals and can provide you with the legal support you need to challenge your conviction or sentence.
We can help you:
- Analyze your case — Our attorneys will review your case and identify any errors or constitutional violations that may have occurred during your trial or sentencing.
- Build a strong appeal — We will work with you to build a strong appeal, presenting your case before appellate judges.
- Represent you in court — Our attorneys will represent you and provide legal guidance and support throughout the appeals process.
- Fight for your rights — Our team is dedicated to fighting for your rights and helping you achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
If you or your loved one has been convicted of a federal firearm offense and is seeking an appeal, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help you get back on track and move forward with your life.
Why Hire Elizabeth Franklin-Best
If you’re seeking legal representation for your firearm-related appeal, there are many reasons why you should consider hiring Elizabeth Franklin-Best.
Here are just a few:
- Experience — Our firm has extensive experience handling weapons-related appeals and a track record of successful representative cases.
- Personalized attention — We understand that every case is unique, and we take the time to get to know our clients and their specific needs. We will work with you one-on-one to build a personalized strategy for your appeal.
- Communication — Our attorneys pride themselves on open and honest communication with our clients. We will keep you informed and answer any questions you may have.
- Dedication — We understand the impact of a firearm conviction on your life and will work tirelessly to help you regain your freedom and reputation.
- Reputation — We have a reputation for excellence in the legal community and have been recognized for our outstanding work handling firearm-related appeals.
At Elizabeth Franklin-Best, we’re committed to providing our clients with the highest level of legal representation and support. Contact us if you’re seeking legal representation for your firearm-related appeal.
Contact Our Federal Appellate Attorneys Today
The appeals process is complex and time-sensitive—you will need an experienced and dedicated attorney to guide you.
At Elizabeth Franklin-Best, we have a proven track record of successfully handling firearm-related appeals, and we’re ready to fight for your rights. We understand the challenges of a conviction and are committed to helping you regain your freedom and reputation. Don’t let a firearm conviction define your life—contact us today.
FAQ: Firearm Conviction Appeals
How long do I have to file an appeal for a federal firearm conviction or sentence?
You typically have 14 days after sentencing to file a notice of appeal. However, it’s important to speak with an experienced federal appeals attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your appeal is filed within the appropriate time frame.
Can I get a reduced sentence through an appeal?
In some cases, yes. If you win your appeal, the appellate court may order a new sentencing hearing or reduce the sentence. However, the appellate court cannot increase the sentence.
How long does the federal firearm appeals process take?
The federal firearm appeals process can vary in length depending on the complexity of your case and the court’s schedule. It’s important to work with an experienced federal appeals attorney who can help guide you through the process and provide you with an estimated timeline.
Can I represent myself in a federal firearm appeal?
Technically, yes, but it’s highly recommended that you work with an experienced federal appeals attorney. Appealing a federal firearm conviction or sentence is a complex legal process, and having a knowledgeable attorney on your side can greatly improve your chances of a successful outcome.