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NYC Federal Weapons Charge Attorney

Mark I. Cohen is a highly experienced NYC federal weapons charge attorney who regularly defends weapons and guns offenses in the United States District Courts for the Southern District and Eastern District of New York and in the District of New Jersey.

Generally, United States firearms charges encompass a variety of offenses that involve the possession, brandishing, use, distribution and sale of weapons. While there are seemingly countless different federal firearm offenses federal prosecutors in the New York City metropolitan area most frequently charge offenses under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) and 18 U.S.C. § 924(c).

18 U.S.C. § 922(g) makes it illegal for certain classes of people to possess firearms. Generally, federal law prohibits gun possession by convicted felons and/or fugitives, drug-addicted individuals, mentally ill persons, illegal aliens, domestic violence offenders with misdemeanor records for the same.

18 U.S.C. § 924(c) includes mandatory minimum sentences of incarceration for the possession and/or use of a firearm in relation to crimes of violence and drug trafficking crimes. Mandatory minimum sentences of incarceration that must run consecutively to the underlying violent or narcotics crimes charged start at five years and can be punished by as much as life in prison depending on factors such as the type of gun used, how the firearm was used, and the number of prior convictions an individual has. Furthermore, if a crime involves the possession and use of multiple firearms, sentences for each gun must run consecutively.

In related laws, 18 U.S.C. § 922(d) prohibits the sale or transfer of firearms to a prohibited person. 18 U.S.C. § 924(a)(A) punishes false statements made on records regarding the purchase of firearms and is a crime punishable by as much as five years in prison.

Generally, federal firearm convictions can result in lengthy prison sentences and fines. A sentence of incarceration can be greatly increased if the weapon is used or possessed in narcotics trafficking, racketeering (RICO), and Hobbs Act Robbery cases.

Contact An Experienced NYC Federal Weapons Charge Attorney Today

Because of his 28 years of experience, by retaining Mark I. Cohen to defend you in a federal gun or weapons case, you maximize the chance that:

  1. you will be released from custody on the lowest possible personal recognizance bond;
  2. you will be able to suppress firearms illegally seized by the FBI, DEA, ATF, Secret Service or NYPD;
  3. you will be able to win a trial; or
  4. you will be able to obtain the best plea bargain possible should there be compelling evidence of guilt.

If you have been charged in a federal criminal case for the illegal possession, use, or sale of a gun, weapon or other firearms, you should contact Mark I. Cohen, an experienced NYC federal weapons charge attorney to maximize your chance to preserve your freedom.

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"... Mr. Cohen's effort... in everything he has done before the Court, is A-Plus... [R]ecently, in another case... [before me], the result he achieved for his client... was quite impressive." Honorable Kenneth M. Karas, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.


"So I have very sophisticated counsel here and, Mr. Cohen, [your client] is very fortunate in having you as his attorney, and I hope he appreciates that." – Quote from the Honorable Denise L. Cote, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, on May 9, 2014.


"As Mark Cohen, a defense lawyer who has tried cases throughout the city and was a prosecutor in the Bronx, pointed out, there is a saying among defense lawyers in New York." – As provided in the New York Times City Room Blog.

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