In California I was arrested for stealing beer and the arrest charges were listed as felony burglary. The filed charges were reduced to Misdemeanor Petty Theft and those charges were DISMISSED because I took theft classes and payed restitution. Can I still legally own a firearm?
Yes. In all likelihood you did "DEJ" which means you never got sentenced on the case and were therefore never "convicted" of either a misdemeanor or felony so keep answering that question "no" too.
You should be okay. It is not the arrest charge that matters - it is what (if anything) you were convicted of. Your diversion avoided a conviction even on a misdemeanor, so you should be picking up your gun in 5 days.
The above answer is for general information only and is based on the information you posted. Every case is fact dependent, so to get a thorough analysis of your situation, you will need to consult face to face with an attorney licensed to practice in the jurisdiction where the incident took place. Do not conclusively rely on any information posted online when deciding what to do about your case.
The answer is yes, you can still legally own a firearm. More than likely your misdemeanor petty theft was dismissed because you were either on diversion or a deferred entry of judgment. Once you successfully completed the theft class and paid restitution, the case was dismissed. It is the end result, or the conviction that may preclude being able to legally own a firearm. In your case, the case was dismissed.
What's so confusing. You should be able to possess a firearm. Your case was dismissed.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--Former Prosecutor--20 years experience.
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