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My name is ***** ***** I would be happy to provide general information regarding your First Offender Program question.
I understand you say you have been clean since then. Have you had any other arrests and convictions, for either misdemeanors or felonies, either before or after your first offender program completion?
Thank you for that information.
The reason I ask is because a successful completion of the First Offender Program will lead to dismissal of the case. This means that you have not been convicted for the offense.
Furthermore, you have not been convicted of any other misdemeanor or felony as well. This is important because felons are prohibited from possessing firearms. The fact that you are NOT a convicted felon (or convicted of a disqualifying misdemeanor for firearm purposes), you do not have to expunge the records before getting the rifle out of the pawn shop.
A background search will reveal only that you were arrested and given First Offender probation for the offense, but not convicted. It is a conviction that would disqualify you from possessing the rifle. Since a conviction was not entered against you, you will not be prohibited from getting the rifle back.
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