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What’s an Armed Career Criminal Under Federal Law?

Under federal law, an armed career criminal is a person who possesses a firearm or ammunition when prohibited and has three or more prior convictions for a violent crime or serious drug offense. As a result of their designation as an armed career criminal, a judge shall impose a minimum term of imprisonment. Additionally, the sentencing range the judge must refer to when determining the term of imprisonment is increased because both the offense level…

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