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My son committed suicide 3 months ago. The sheriff is

My son committed suicide 3...
My son committed suicide 3 months ago. The sheriff is refusing to return the gun which I own to me. What are my rights?
JA: In what state did this occur?
Customer: Montana McCone County - Sheriff Harris
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: Got an appointment for next Tuesday.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No
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9/19/2017
Nisha Jones, Esq.
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Good afternoon, I am a Criminal Defense attorney and former Prosecutor for the State Attorney's Office, and I'll be answering your questions today. Keep in mind this is for informational purposes only and we do not have an attorney-client relationship.

I'm so sorry for your loss. Please allow me a few minutes to prepare some information for you, thank you!

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Thank you. It has been very difficult. Not being able to resolve the issue of the gun has increased my stress substantially.

If the Sheriff's office is refusing to return the gun to you, you'll need an order issued by a judge mandating them to do so.

Usually this would be prepared and filed by an attorney. The motion would be prepared outlining what's occurred, and cataloging police impound of the gun.

An order would then be attached for the judge to sign, mandating the gun be released back into your custody.

I understand that retaining an attorney may be an unexpected/ unwanted cost at this time. You can seek out the assistance of an attorney on a pro bono basis.

If you contact the clerk's office at your local courthouse they should have a list of local attorneys who are experienced attorneys, that have voluntarily provided their names to the court to help with pro bono cases like yours.

I hope that helps! Again, I'm so sorry for your loss.

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