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I pled no contest to violation of protective order in 2000.

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I pled no contest to violation of protective order in 2000.
I was 35 at the time.
I wasn't informed by my council that by doing so , that it was a lifetime sentence as far as owning firearms, had I known this , my plea would have been not guilty.
I am ....was......an avid hunter and sportsman.
I have not been in any trouble prior , or since.
Is there anything I can do in the state of wv.to regain my gun rights ?
Thankyou
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Roger replied 11 months ago.

Hi - my name is ***** ***** I'll be glad to assist.

Was this a domestic violence matter?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Ok
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
How can you help?
Expert:  Roger replied 11 months ago.

It is possible that you can seek a judicial restoration of your gun rights under W. Va. law as outlined here: https://www.nacdl.org/uploadedFiles/files/resource_center/2012_restoration_project/state_narr_wv.pdf

Expert:  Roger replied 11 months ago.

So, as long as this is was not a felony, you should be eligible for that procedure.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
To my knoledge, it's a misdemeanor. ....with a felony firearm sentence
Expert:  Roger replied 11 months ago.

As long as the conviction/plea was to a misdemeanor offense, it appears that you can use the judicial restoration to recover your gun rights per the link provided. You may just want to make sure of your conviction status when you speak to a lawyer to make sure you're ok to proceed before investing a great deal of time and money.