In Fresno, California, a federal grand jury returned two separate indictments charging Ricky Lee Allen and Demond James Hayden, both from Bakersfield, California, with being felons in possession of a firearm. The indictment against Allen says that he knowingly possessed a Hi-Point .380-caliber pistol after two felony convictions. One in 2009 for obstructing a police officer and one in 2001 for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base. The federal indictment against Hayden says that he knowingly possessed three weapons. A Hi-Point .45-caliber handgun, a Glock Model 22 .40-caliber handgun, and Mossberg 500 shotgun. The indictment indicates he was convicted in 2003 of possessing cocaine for sale and in 2006 of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
These cases are the result of federal criminal investigations by the FBI and the Bakersfield Police Department, which is as part of the Kern Country Violent Crime Gang Task Force. If convicted of these federal crimes, each defendant faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence will be determined at the discretion of the federal court after consideration of statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
The federal laws regarding illegal possession of firearms are very strict and can be complicated and confusing. If you are facing federal firearms violations, it is extremely critical to your legal defense to consult with a criminal defense attorney as early as possible. Consequences you can face include costly fines that could financially cripple you and your family, as well as federal prison time depending on the severity and the facts surrounding the charges.
Federal firearm charges can be very distressing and frightening to confront. At the law firm of Cron, Israels & Stark, our attorneys have the understanding, years of practice and skill in the defense of individuals accused or arrested on firearm or gun charges. Our law firm has been successfully defending clients against firearm violations and other federal crimes for decades, and we can do the same for you. Contact our office immediately to schedule a free consultation.