If the gun was not in his home then he is charged with a felony and faces several years in jail even on a plea deal. The best thing he can do is hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
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He needs his own attorney to look at the fingerprint report and see if it says it's a match and if so, hire his own expert to compare the results. Only then can he make a decision on whether to plea or go to trial--especially in Bklyn where i heard they did not win 1 single gun trial last year.
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You need an attorney to review the evidence and determine if your friend's print is on the gun. "Maybe" on the gun is meaningless; an expert can say if it is or isn't. If it is not, and he doesn't live there, and the gun was not found on him or right next to him, he should be able to beat this case.
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Not sure what the question is. If your friend feels his lawyer is not answering his questions satisfactorily, the remedy is to hire a different lawyer of his own choosing, or ask the judge to appoint him a new lawyer.