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My fathers house burned down yesterday. He is a felon (from

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My fathers house burned down yesterday. He is a felon (from his 20's) he is now 61, never had any trouble since. After putting out the fire, they found 3 guns. They arrested him. What does he need to do? They go to pre trial tomorrow.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 9 months ago.

Hi,

I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.

Possession of a gun by someone who's been convicted of a felony is a strict liability offense. All the state has to prove is that he had the guns and he didn't have a legal right to possess them. And that unfortunately makes this type of charge very difficult to defend. What he can do is plead not guilty and request a lawyer. This is a felony, and not something he should try to handle on his own. He has a constitutional right to have a lawyer appointed to represent him if he can't afford to hire a lawyer on his own. The lawyer will review the evidence and try to work out some kind of deal with the district attorney - they may be able to get the charges for one weapon dismissed if he's willing to plead to the others, or he can try to negotiate for a way to reduce or avoid jail time.

His lawyer can request pretrial release for your father if he is still in jail. He may be able to use a bail bondsman to put up most of the bail if he pays a fee, or he can sometimes put up his house as the bond.

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