Federal law bars you from owning or possession a firearm for life because the crime was a domestic related crime and a felony.
Seth Weinstein, Esq.
Practicing throughout Southern California
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A deferred adjudication on a family violence case is treated the same as a conviction. A conviction on a domestic violence case includes a lifetime firearm ban. When charged with family violence it's important to avoid a deferred adjudication or conviction.
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There is no confidentiality online. If charged with a crime, the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt.
Best person to ask is your attorney. If you cannot find your attorney, or find a local attorney on Avvo, a good place to look is the website for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL.org)
NACDL local members: (http://tinyurl.com/8ru8wtv)
NACDL Local affiliates: (http://tinyurl.com/8akw2gd)
FEDERAL LAW: POSSESSION OF A FIREARM OR AMMUNITION BY A PROHIBITED PERSON:
18 USC § 922(g) & (n). Punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment. Possible minimum sentence of 15 years without parole if offender has three or more prior convictions for a felony crime of violence (e.g. burglary, robbery, assault, possession of offensive weapons) and/or drug trafficking felony.
A. Possession or receipt of a firearm or ammunition;
B. By a subject who falls within one of the following categories: Felons; Addicts; Aliens; Subjects to a domestic restraining order; Prior conviction for domestic assault; Fugitive from justice; or Dishonorably discharged from the military;
C. The firearm or ammunition was transported across a state line at any time.
There may also be state considerations: http://www.handgunlaw.us/states. (I make no representations about the site's accuracy or currentness; you should double check on your state legislature website or local law library.) Another helpful site: http://www.abacollateralconsequences.org
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