Felony gun possession is a criminal charge that involves the illegal possession of a firearm by an individual who is prohibited by law from possessing one. This can be due to a number of reasons such as previous criminal convictions, restraining orders, or been adjudicated as mentally ill. The specific definition and penalties for Felony gun possession vary depending on the jurisdiction but generally, it is considered a more serious crime and is punishable by harsher penalties than a misdemeanor gun possession charge.
Some common elements of Felony gun possession include:
Possession of a firearm: The individual is found in possession of a firearm.
Illegal possession: The possession of the firearm is against the law due to the individual’s status (previous criminal conviction, restraining order, or been adjudicated as mentally ill)
Penalties: The penalties for felony gun possession can include long prison sentences, fines, and a criminal record.
As it is a serious criminal charge, it is advisable to hire a criminal defense attorney to defend the case. The attorney will help the client to understand the charges against them, their legal rights and options, and provide representation in court. They may also be able to negotiate a plea deal with the prosecution, which can result in a reduced sentence or lesser charges. Additionally, depending on the jurisdiction, the attorney may also be able to argue for alternative sentences such as community service or probation.