New York City Federal Weapons Charge Lawyer

Mark I. Cohen is a highly experienced United States weapons and gun charge defense lawyer 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 (1) convicted felons and/or fugitives, (2) drug addicted individuals, (3) mentally ill persons, (4) illegal aliens, (5) 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)(1)(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.

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 firearm, you should contact Mark I. Cohen, an experienced New York Criminal Defense Attorney to maximize your chance to preserve your freedom.

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Mark I. Cohen
New York City Criminal Defense Attorney

20 Vesey Street
Suite 1200
New York, NY 10007

Phone: (Hablamos Español)
(Emergency/New Arrest only)

Office Hours:
Monday through Saturday by appointment 212-732-0002
Emergency assistance 24 hours daily 917-414-8585

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We are available 24 hours to provide all necessary criminal defense services.

If you or someone you know has been arrested, please call/text Mr. Cohen on his emergency number 917-414-8585 or email

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