Even though the gun was not a registered gun. And the money was a family members. I'm Liable because it was at my place of residence. They let him go with no charges or anything. He has no record of any other crimes. Can he go back and charge him for having a gun in the house after he was let go. He was told if he doesn't give him any information on his friend. He would go back and charge him for that crime.
Hi,This is now a different story. The police are allowed to use coercive and manipulative techniques to get to the bottom of crime. The US Supreme Court has said that this is legal. So if they want to get your friend to tell them who owns the gun in trade for his not being prosecuted, they can do that.Working for the police has its risks and so he should not do this unless it's something he wants. But yes, the police are entitled to bring charges against him later. Although many defendants are arrested at the time of the commission of the crime, many, for one reason or another, are not. The state actually has until the statute of limitations for the crime runs out before the case gets too old to be prosecuted. I don't know what state this is taking place in, but in general they'd have a couple of years to make the arrest. If he's not interested in cooperating, he can call the police's bluff and see if they will charge him with possession of a firearm. If they do, he can retain counsel and fight the case if he wishes. As the gun was found in someone else's home, a good lawyer may be able to get a jury to have reasonable doubt as to whether the gun was really his.
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