Federal Prison Sentence Enhancement
In Massachusetts, some state court convictions will have a significant impact on the potential penalty you can face in federal court. This is especially true if you are convicted of gun charge in state court. If you are convicted of certain state offenses it may increase the minimum mandatory sentence you will serve in federal court. A continuance without a finding is considered a conviction for the purpose of federal sentencing. Even if you are convicted of a Massachusetts misdemeanor it may constitute a predicate felony for the purpose of federal felon in possession of a firearm.
If you are convicted of a domestic assault and battery in state court it may subject you to up to 10 years in prison under federal law for possession of a firearm or ammunition. If you are convicted of a 209A abuse prevention order, it may subject you to 10 years in state prison for possession of a firearm or ammunition.
Your Massachusetts convictions can have an enormous impact on the federal prison sentence that you may be facing. It is important that you have an attorney that is aware of these problems.
Call Attorney Jason Chan to talk about your case today at 508-808-8902