Drugs & Guns in Kansas City - Not a Good Combination, Criminal Defense in Kansas City
Getting charged at the federal level is far more serious than at the state level. If the state were to bring charges regarding the gun, it would likely be an unlawful possession of a firearm charge if you are not a convicted felon. If you are, the charge would probably be felon in possession of a firearm.
What about federal court? This is where it gets frightening. Section 924(c) references the use of a firearm in furtherance of a drug sale. Because there is a mandatory minimum sentence if found guilty, you will spend time in prison - at least five years, and this is if you have no gun charges in your history. If it is your second gun charge, the mandatory minimum is 25 years - yes, you read that right. Prison term also depends on whether a person pulled out a gun, if you fired it at someone, and other factors. It isn't a pretty picture, but you need to know the truth. Further, a mix of drug and gun charges will make it difficult if not impossible to get bonded out.
Even when charged at the state level, the combination of charges can result in serious consequences whether you're charged with unlawful possession of a firearm along with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, or felon in possession of a firearm along with the drug charge. While you might think a gun charge would be more serious than drug charges, the opposite is actually true. A gun and drug charge combined is a prosecutor's dream. Because their way of thinking is that you are selling drugs AND carrying a gun which makes it a more dangerous situation and could lead to potentially violent behavior, you could find yourself facing a life prison term.
Any way you look at it the combination of illegal drugs and guns is a bad idea. The most important thing you can do is to consult with an experienced Kansas City criminal defense attorney who can provide legal guidance, explore all possible legal options, and work to secure the best possible outcome. Whether you're facing federal or state charges, it is critical to take action to protect your legal rights and freedom.