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Washington man faces weapons charges in federal court

Various groups of Islamic extremists have regularly featured in the news ever since the 9/11 terror attacks. Occasionally, U.S. citizens, including Americans in Washington, are accused of committing a crime with such groups, sometimes facing accusations of conspiracy, weapons charges or various other allegations. Since even the accusation of being involved with a hate group or terror organization is taken exceptionally seriously, the accused is likely to benefit from a vigorous defense.

Recently, a man from Montesano, Washington appeared in federal court in Tacoma and denied the weapons-related allegations against him. The man entered a plea of not guilty to weapons charges; the 33-year-old is accused of illegal weapons possession - he had been banned from firearms ownership due to a previous protective order issued against him.

The defendant, who served in the U.S. military from 2002 to 2008 before deserting, reportedly joined with an undercover official and delivered guns via the black market. In addition, the man is accused of praising Osama Bin Laden and even encouraging the taking of U.S. troops' lives.

When an undercover agent is involved, the criminal defense needed against a felony weapons charge may be complicated. In addition, those accused of what are perceived as Anti-American criminal activity are likely to be pursued aggressively by either federal or state prosecutors, depending on the charges.

In any event, the resulting developments may be high-profile and frequently reported on in the news. A defendant is seemingly up against all odds in this type of situation, but he or she still retains their rights under the law. A skilled defense attorney can protect these rights even under the most complex of circumstances.

Source: KHQ, "Army deserter pleads not guilty to gun charges," Feb. 29, 2016

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