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Man faces decades of jail time, millions in fines

A Wichita man has been convicted of several federal crimes, and may be facing serious jail time. The charges stem from a relatively minor traffic stop which yielded more serious charges once the authorities began searching the man's vehicle. Federal crimes are generally considered more severe, and can carry seriously life-altering sentences.

The 42-year-old man was found guilty by a federal jury of a single count of possession of with intent to distribute methamphetamine, as well as two separate counts of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction.

When the man was pulled over for a traffic violation in May of 2015, the situation quickly turned serious when police found that his car contained two loaded firearms and two bags of methamphetamine, which were a quantity large enough to suggest an intent to sell, under the law.

To make matters worse for the man, he had been previously convicted of a felony, which prevented him from being able to legally possess firearms. His sentencing will not be held until Jan. 30, but if things continue to go poorly for him, he may be facing fines up to $1.5 million, as well 40 years in prison time, if maximum sentencing is obtained by the prosecution.

If you are facing federal charges, it is vital to obtain the experienced legal representation — otherwise, one foolish moment could end up effectively costing you the rest of your life in jail time. No matter what you've done or been charged with, you deserve to have your rights protected and your case heard fairly.

Source: The Wichita Eagle, "Wichita man convicted on federal weapons, drug charges," Stan Finger, Nov. 09, 2016

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