COVID – 19 MESSAGE FROM Soroka & Associates, LLC

As you already know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is creating challenges for all of us. We hope that you all are staying safe and healthy and taking all the necessary precautions during this challenging time. At Soroka & Associates, LLC, we are committed to our employees, associates, clients, and perspective clients. We always strive to provide a safe and comfortable environment to everyone at our office.

Our office has remained open during our regular business hours Monday through Friday and by appointment during the weekends. We have taken additional measures to assure the safety everyone that enters our office. Our staff and cleaning personnel have increased the frequency and scope of cleanings and disinfecting at our office in accordance with the CDC recommendations to assure the safety of anyone that enters our office.

As an extra step to our commitment to safety, we have also adapted to the changing environment, and now offer virtual consultations via Zoom, Facetime, and Skype during our business hours. As always, phone consultations are available by appointment, at all hours, any day of the week.

Federal Gun Charges? Contact Our Defense Attorneys.

Federal gun crimes are taken very seriously and prosecuted aggressively by federal law enforcement. These offenses often carry harsh prison sentences and a criminal record that can affect the rest of your life.

At Soroka & Associates, LLC, in Columbus, Ohio, we are respected federal defense attorneys with a record of success obtaining favorable results for clients accused of weapons violations.

We help people facing charges of:

  • Illegal possession of a firearm
  • Illegal sale of a firearm
  • Illegal altering, destroying or removal of a serial number
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Possession of an unregistered firearm
  • Straw purchase of a firearm

Don’t Take Chances. Take Control.

If you have been arrested, indicted or charged with a firearm-related offense, contacting an experienced defense attorney should be your first step. In addition, utilizing your right to remain silent protects you from self-incrimination and allows your counsel to build the best possible defense.

At Soroka & Associates, LLC, we are experienced lawyers who will fight to protect you and your rights in this difficult situation. Please call 614-358-6525 or send us an email to arrange an initial consultation at your earliest convenience.

Federal Firearm Laws

In federal court, there are three separate Weapons Offenses and Guideline Application.

  • 18 U.S.C. §922(g): Felon in Possession of Firearm
    • Defendant is a felon; and
    • Defendant was knowingly in possession of a firearm; and
    • The firearm had previously affected interstate commerce.
  • Title 18 U.S.C. §924(c):
    • Possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime or a crime of violence; or
    • Using or carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense or a violent offense.
  • If a firearm is brandished during the above-mentioned crimes, the minimum penalty rises to seven years in prison.

    If a firearm is discharged during the above-mentioned crimes, the minimum penalty rises to 10 years in prison

  • 18 U.S.C. §924(e): Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA):
    • This statute is implicated by the felon in possession statute, but applies to felons who have at least three prior felony convictions for either drug offenses that carry a maximum sentence of 10 years or more or violent crimes.

    A person who violates ACCA faces a minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum of life in prison.

  • USSG §2D1.1(b)(1): This sentence enhancement results in a two-level enhancement to the guideline range when a weapon is present in connection with a drug offense.