A felon is somebody who has been charged with a felony, one of the most serious crimes. Some of these crimes include things like murder, rape, arson, drug trafficking, money laundering, and more. They are typically crimes that cause harm to others due to their severity. If you aren’t sure if you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony, this is the best place to start when you are wondering about gun ownership rights.
California has laws put in place that encompass “Felon with a Firearm” under Penal Code 29800 PC. This is a comprehensive California gun law that prohibits convicted felons, anyone convicted of violent misdemeanors, and narcotic drug addicts from owning a firearm to any extent. If you have been convicted of a felony in California, you are also prohibited from owning a gun under something known as the Brady Law, which means that you are not supposed to knowingly possess a fun. This does not just mean that you own a gun because you bought one, either. Sometimes it means that you are not permitted to have a weapon of any kind in your possession, even if somebody allowed you to borrow it.
Charges for Felon With a Firearm
If you have been caught possessing a firearm or have been charged with a new crime involving a weapon even though you have previously been convicted of a felony, you could be facing serious penalties. The more prior felony convictions you have received, especially those violent in nature or previously involving weapons, you could receive a much longer prison sentence. You could face anywhere from 2-10 years in state prison when this occurs. It could also serve as an enhancement to punish a defendant.
If you have been charged with possessing a firearm as a felon, you could be facing serious jail time and fines. We want to help. You have a right to defend yourself against these charges, so let us help you at the Law Office of Peter Blair. Call us today for more information.