I was arrested in 1998 for a DV4 i wonder if it's a felony or misdemeanor and can I own a gun

Asked over 1 year ago - Rochester, WA

my boyfriend was very abusive and I covered for him because his whole family was there so I took being charged

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  1. Patrick Owen Earl

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    Answered . If your charge was Assault 4th degree, DV then it was a gross misdemeanor. However, with the classification of DV you lost your right to possess a firearm. I live in Moses Lake, WA so I am not that close to you but I do live in WA state. At this point if your issue is trying to get back your gun rights you will need to deal with a local attorney most likely. Good Luck

  2. Bruce Clement

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    Answered . You say that you were "arrested" and later "charged". You don't lose your rights unless you were "convicted" (after a trial, or after entering a guilty plea). If you were convicted, you lost your rights. However, you might be able to get your rights restored by filing a motion asking fir a court order restoring them. Also, if you were actually innocent and pled guilty out of fear from your boyfriend or his family, you might be able to vacate the conviction.

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  3. James J White

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    Answered . It is a misdemeanor and you may not possess a firearm because of the domestic violence designation. You can have the charge vacated and your right to possess a firearm restored to you. Contact me directly for further information.
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