Sixteen defendants from North Louisiana have been indicted by a federal grand jury in separate cases for firearms offenses, according to local news reports. The indictments are a part of Project Safe Neighborhood, a program involving federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies in identifying criminals responsible for violent crimes and making neighborhoods safer by networking existing local programs that target gun and gun crime and providing these programs with additional tools necessary to be successful. Since its inception in 2001, approximately $2 billion has been committed to this initiative.

“Addressing violent crime is a priority of the Department of Justice,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook. “By consistently identifying the leading violent offenders in our communities and employing all available tools to hold them accountable, we will combat violent crime and make our communities safer.  These indictments show our commitment to working aggressively toward this goal.”

Under both Louisiana state and federal law, convicted felons are barred from possessing firearms. Louisiana law also prevents convicted felons from owning ammunition or certain other types of weapons. Under Louisiana law, this is a felony charge that will bring on a five-year minimum prison sentence and up to 25 years upon conviction.

Obviously, if you or someone you love faces these allegations, it is extremely important to have a skilled, experienced defense attorney on your side. Greenwald Law Firm has stood up for citizens across Louisiana facing all types of serious criminal charges, including felon in possession of a firearm. We have successfully represented hundreds of individuals over our firm’s history, and we are prepared to work relentlessly toward the best possible outcome. Your pursuit of justice starts here.

The government has to prove every part of its case beyond a reasonable doubt. With our lawyer on your side, the state’s burden of proof often becomes much more difficult. Unlike some lawyers who may simply look for the best deal, at Greenwald Law Firm, we presume your innocence and find every possible fact that supports your defense.

Many felon in possession cases hinge on whether the defendant “possessed” the firearm in question at the time of the arrest. For instance, if you have a felony conviction and are in a home where there is a firearm present, you may be charged with felon in possession. Many times, either the defendant had no prior knowledge of its presence or the prosecution is simply unable to prove that necessary knowledge. Depending on the facts of your case, you may have other defenses such as search and seizure violations. Every case is different, and every case can involve different defenses. With our team on your side, you can take comfort knowing that we will not rest until we have achieved the best possible result for your case.

Please contact Attorney Joey Greenwald at the Greenwald Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation about your important legal matter. An experienced Shreveport criminal defense attorney will provide the best advice you can get for your unique situation, right here in Shreveport, Louisiana. Don’t hesitate to defend yourself, as the charges for these types of crimes are very serious and can alter your entire life.

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