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About Kolsrud Law Office

Kolsrud Law Offices, a renowned federal criminal defense firm, provides services to clients facing federal charges. Founded in 2006 by Josh Kolsrud, a former state and federal prosecutor, the firm utilizes its deep understanding of prosecution and defense perspectives to represent clients effectively. Based in Maricopa County, Arizona, Kolsrud Law Offices offer services encompassing many federal criminal law areas.


Services offered by Kolsrud Law Offices include:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Assault on a Federal Officer
  • Bank Robbery Defense
  • Bulk Cash Smuggling
  • Counterfeit Money Charges
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Cyber Crimes
  • Drug Trafficking
  • DUI Defense
  • Federal Corporate Fraud
  • Federal Firearms Crimes
  • Human Trafficking Charges Defense
  • Identity Theft Charges
  • Illegal Reentry Defense
  • Possession of False Documents
  • Sealing Criminal Records
  • Sex Crimes Defense
  • Sex Trafficking
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Wire Fraud
  • Workers Compensation Defense

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Defense Lawyer Josh Kolsrud

Gun Trafficking Lawyer | Josh Kolsrud | Kolsrud Law Offices

Gun Trafficking Lawyer | Josh Kolsrud | Kolsrud Law Offices

Josh Kolsrud, the founding partner of Kolsrud Law Office, is an accomplished attorney with an expansive career in prosecution and defense. Josh's experience handling diverse and complex federal cases makes him uniquely suited to provide expert legal defense for clients facing gun trafficking charges in Arizona.


He has spent over five years as an Assistant United States Attorney, dealing with various cases, including gun crimes. While at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, he handled thousands of felony cases and received the “Attorney of the Month” award multiple times, demonstrating his exemplary trial work. His experience working in Major Crimes and the Repetitive Offender Bureau further solidifies his expertise in managing high-profile and serious offenses.


Known for his aggressive trial strategies and superior legal writing, Josh has won two complicated appeals before the Ninth Circuit. His accomplishments and wide-ranging expertise make him a top choice for defense representation in gun trafficking cases.

ABOUT Gun Trafficking

Gun trafficking is a serious crime that involves the illegal distribution or smuggling of firearms. Federally, gun trafficking charges are often prosecuted under several statutes, including illegal possession and interstate transport of firearms. Penalties for federal gun trafficking can include significant fines and lengthy prison sentences.


In Arizona, state gun trafficking charges are usually brought under statutes prohibiting the illegal sale, transfer, or possession of firearms. The state has permissive gun laws, but illegal activities like selling guns to prohibited persons or without proper documentation can still lead to significant penalties.


The defenses employed by attorneys in these cases vary depending on the specifics. Some common defenses include challenging the legality of the initial search and seizure that led to the discovery of the firearms, arguing that the defendant was unaware of the illicit nature of the guns, or disputing the prosecution's assertion that the defendant intended to sell or distribute the firearms.


What can you expect from the Kolsrud Law Offices?

When you choose our law firm to represent you in your domestic violence case, you can rest assured that we will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to defend your rights and protect your interests. We will work tirelessly to investigate the facts of your case, identify weaknesses in the prosecution's case, and build a strong defense that is tailored to the unique circumstances of your situation.

Our criminal defense team has a deep understanding of Arizona's domestic violence laws, as well as the strategies and tactics that are most effective in defending against these charges. If necessary, we will also fight for you in court, presenting a compelling and persuasive case to a judge or jury. Josh Kolsrud is a skilled trial lawyer who is not afraid to take on even the most challenging cases. We will aggressively advocate for your rights and work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.



Kolsrud Law Office is a distinguished federal criminal defense firm representing clients across Arizona, including Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Yuma, Tucson, Glendale, Flagstaff, Nogales, Chandler, and Scottsdale. Kolsrud Law specializes in defending a wide range of federal offenses, leveraging extensive courtroom experience and a detailed understanding of federal laws.


Regardless of the location within Arizona, clients charged with federal offenses can expect diligent, experienced, and focused representation that prioritizes their rights and interests, exemplifying Kolsrud Law's commitment to high-quality defense across the state.

Phoenix, the capital city of Arizona, has a diverse population of more than 1.7 million residents, per the 2020 census data. This multicultural city comprises roughly 43% non-Hispanic whites, 42% Hispanic or Latino, 6% African American, and 3% Asian residents.


Phoenix's legal system is multifaceted, encompassing state and federal courts. The Maricopa County Superior Court, one of the most extensive integrated court systems in the United States, adjudicates a broad spectrum of cases, including criminal, civil, family, and juvenile issues.


On a federal level, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona exercises jurisdiction. Arizona's strategic location near the Mexico border makes this court among the busiest federal courts countrywide. In 2021 alone, it presided over more than 7,000 civil and criminal cases.


The city's proximity to the border also places Phoenix at the forefront of tackling severe crimes such as human trafficking and gun trafficking. As per 2019 data, Arizona exceeded the national average conviction rate for federal crimes, recording an 89% conviction rate versus an 84% national average. Additionally, state-level felony convictions were approximately 67% in 2020, reflecting similar rates within Maricopa County.


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Chandler, a prominent part of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area in Arizona, has a diverse community of over a quarter-million residents per the 2020 census. This diverse city comprises approximately 62% non-Hispanic whites, 20% Hispanic or Latinos, 9% Asian, and 5% African American residents.


Chandler's judicial system functions across several tiers. Minor offenses, such as traffic infringements, misdemeanors, and violations of city codes, are typically managed by the Chandler Municipal Court. The Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County, one of the busiest court systems in the nation, handles more serious offenses, including felonies.


The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona has jurisdiction over federal cases in Chandler. Arizona's proximity to the Mexico border results in this court is among the most active federal courts, adjudicating many cases yearly, including gun trafficking charges.


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Flagstaff, a culturally rich city located in Arizona, has a population nearing 75,000, as reported by the 2020 Census. The city's population includes about 73% non-Hispanic whites, 12% Hispanic or Latinos, 11% Native Americans, and 1% African Americans.


The local legal system comprises the Flagstaff Municipal Court, which is responsible for dealing with city ordinance violations, traffic-related incidents, and misdemeanors. For graver offenses, the Coconino County Superior Court, which serves as the general jurisdiction court in the region, handles both criminal and civil cases.


Federal cases, encompassing gun trafficking charges, fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. Due to Arizona's proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border, this court ranks among the busiest federal courts nationwide.


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Glendale, Arizona, a key city within the expansive Phoenix metropolitan region, houses nearly a quarter-million residents. The 2020 Census reveals a diverse demographic makeup, with approximately 50% non-Hispanic whites, 37% Hispanic or Latinos, 6% African Americans, and 4% Asians.


The Glendale City Court, part of the municipal judicial system, primarily manages traffic violations, misdemeanors, and breaches of city ordinances. Crimes of a more serious nature, including gun trafficking, are within the purview of the Maricopa County Superior Court, one of the largest unified court systems in the U.S., dealing with a wide spectrum of criminal, civil, family, and juvenile cases.


Federal matters, including gun trafficking charges, are addressed by the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The court's significant caseload is largely due to Arizona's geographical adjacency to the U.S.-Mexico border.


Though Glendale-specific data is limited, statewide legal trends are indicative. Arizona registered a federal conviction rate of 89% in 2019, surpassing the national average. Similarly, in 2020, Arizona's felony conviction rate hovered around 67%, underlining the effectiveness of the state's legal proceedings.


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Mesa, an integral city within Arizona, ranks as the state's third-largest city and hosts a population nearing half a million residents. As per the 2020 Census, the city boasts a rich demographic profile comprising about 60% non-Hispanic whites, 27% Hispanic or Latinos, 4% African Americans, and 2% Asian residents.


The city's legal structure encompasses several tiers. Minor infractions such as traffic offenses, misdemeanors, and city ordinance violations are the domain of the Mesa Municipal Court. In contrast, the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County adjudicates more serious crimes, including gun trafficking. This court is one of the country's most active and comprehensive unified court systems.


Federal cases incorporating gun trafficking charges are administered by the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. Arizona's location adjacent to the U.S.-Mexico border results in a high caseload for this court.


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Nogales, Arizona, a distinctive border town in Santa Cruz County, hosts a close-knit community of approximately 20,000 residents. According to the 2020 Census, 95% of its populace identifies as Hispanic or Latino, making Nogales one of Arizona's most ethnically homogeneous cities.


The city's legal system operates on multiple levels. The Nogales Municipal Court is the principal authority for less severe offenses, addressing misdemeanors, traffic infractions, and city code violations. Conversely, serious crimes, such as gun trafficking, fall under the Santa Cruz County Superior Court's jurisdiction. This court presides over an extensive range of civil and criminal cases.


Nogales' border adjacency to Mexico also falls under the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona's authority. This court, known for its hefty caseload, ranks among the country's busiest federal courts, handling a multitude of immigration, drug trafficking, and gun trafficking cases.


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The Phoenix metropolitan region, Scottsdale, Arizona, hosts nearly a quarter of a million residents. The city's demographics, according to the 2020 Census, predominantly include approximately 80% non-Hispanic white, with 11% identifying as Hispanic or Latino, 3% Asian, and 2% African American.


Minor offenses such as misdemeanors, traffic infringements, and city ordinance violations are managed by the Scottsdale City Court. Conversely, serious crimes, inclusive of gun trafficking charges, fall under the remit of the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County. This court stands among the largest unified court systems in the nation, handling a wide spectrum of legal cases.


Scottsdale also falls within the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona's jurisdiction, a federal court noted for its heavy workload owing to Arizona's close proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border.


While Scottsdale-specific statistics are limited, state-level trends provide insight. For instance, Arizona surpassed the national average with a federal conviction rate of approximately 89% in 2019. Moreover, the statewide felony conviction rate was around 67% in 2020, affirming the efficiency of Arizona's judicial system.


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Tempe, a culturally vibrant city in Arizona's Phoenix metropolitan area, houses around 190,000 people. It is also home to Arizona State University. Based on 2020 Census data, its demographics consist of roughly 58% non-Hispanic white, 22% Hispanic or Latino, 7% African American, and 6% Asian.


Regarding its justice system, the Tempe Municipal Court adjudicates misdemeanors, traffic violations, and city ordinance infractions. However, major offenses, such as gun trafficking, are handled by the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County, one of the most active and comprehensive court systems in the United States.


The U.S. District Court manages federal cases in Tempe for the District of Arizona. While specific data for Tempe is limited, the legal trends of Arizona provide a general idea. In 2019, Arizona's federal conviction rate exceeded the national average, recording at around 89%. At the state level, the felony conviction rate was approximately 67% in 2020, indicating the effectiveness of Arizona's judicial proceedings.


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In southern Arizona, Tucson is the state's second-largest city, with nearly 540,000 inhabitants. The city is also home to the University of Arizona. As reported in the 2020 Census, its diverse population comprises roughly 43% non-Hispanic white, 42% Hispanic or Latino, 5% African American, and 3% Asian residents.


Regarding legal proceedings, Tucson City Court presides over misdemeanors, traffic violations, and city ordinance breaches. More severe offenses, such as gun trafficking, are the purview of the Superior Court of Arizona in Pima County, one of the country's largest unified court systems.


The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, known for its high caseload due to Arizona's proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border, also has jurisdiction over Tucson.


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Located along the U.S.-Mexico border, Yuma, Arizona, is recognized for its extreme desert climate and diverse population of about 100,000. As per the 2020 Census, the city comprises a diverse demographic mix, including 50% Hispanic or Latino, 41% non-Hispanic white, 3% African American, and 2% Asian residents.


Legally, Yuma Municipal Court handles minor offenses such as misdemeanors, traffic infractions, and violations of city ordinances. More serious crimes like gun trafficking are handled by the Superior Court of Arizona in Yuma County, a key component of one of the country's largest integrated judicial systems.


Yuma is also under the jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, renowned for its substantial caseload owing to Arizona's border proximity to Mexico.


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Why Choose Josh Kolsrud

With over 100 trials to his name, and years of experience as a state and federal prosecutor, Josh understands the law, the legal process, and your rights. Josh is also committed to representing every client with utmost integrity and dedication



Josh has prosecuted major crimes on the state and federal level, led a successful anti-human sex trafficking operation that saved lives, and argued before countless juries and justices for his clients



Josh is an expert in both Arizona and federal criminal law, and is ready to put that expertise to work for you.



As a prosecutor, Josh saw far too many defendants lose their livelihood due to poor representation. Josh will always give every client his complete attention and effort

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