Certain criminal histories can prevent people from being gun owners. For example, any person who has been convicted of a felony and has not had their right to own a firearm restored by a Circuit Court in Virginia is prohibited from possessing one. Serious charges can follow if they are found with a weapon.
Fortunately, a dedicated gun attorney could help. Reach out to our firm today to discuss your situation with a Fairfax possession of a firearm by a felon lawyer.
When a previously convicted felon is charged with possessing a firearm, they face mandatory jail time. If they were convicted of a nonviolent felony, the penalty is two years of mandatory jail time. If it was a violent felony, the penalty is five years of mandatory jail time.
In addition, an attorney could explain how the penalties for unlawfully transporting a firearm as a convicted felon in Fairfax are the same as those for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Both offenses carry mandatory jail time. The type of felony they have on their record will have an impact on how much jail time they will be penalized with.
Anytime a person openly possesses or uses a firearm while committing another crime—including a crime of violence—they could be charged with use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, which is a distinct and separate felony offense.
Penalties for this offense include mandatory minimum jail time of three years for a first-time conviction. For a second or subsequent offense, the mandatory jail time goes up to five years. Sentences for these crimes would have to run consecutively, meaning one after the other and not at the same time.
To shorten or avoid these lengthy punishments, it is important for the defendant to discuss the specifics of a case with a dedicated Fairfax possession of a firearm by a felon attorney.
Once a person is convicted of a felony, they are automatically prohibited from possessing any firearm in the future. However, they can petition the court to restore their firearm rights if they have had the rest of their civil rights restored. A Fairfax attorney could enable a convicted felon to legally possess a firearm in the future via a successful petition to the court.
One small mistake or error in judgment could ruin your life, especially when you already have a criminal record. Merely possessing a gun, without even using it or threatening to use it, could put you in deep trouble. Fortunately, a Fairfax possession of a firearm by a felon lawyer is available to ensure you are educated about your rights and legal options. Contact our firm now for a free consultation to learn if we can represent you against these charges.
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