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What Happens if a Felon Gets Caught with a Gun in California?

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Recently, a man in Fresno was sentenced to more than five years in prison after he was convicted of a felon in possession of a gun charge and other crimes. According to a Department of Justice press release, the incident that landed the man in prison happened in 2019.

Reportedly, law enforcement pulled over a vehicle the man was driving in 2019, searched him, and discovered he was carrying a loaded .38-calibur handgun. Because the man had previously been convicted multiple times for domestic violence, he was a felon and prohibited from being in possession of a firearm.

What Are the Penalties for a Felon in Possession of a Firearm Conviction in California?

In California, it is illegal for people with active felony warrants, narcotics addicts, and convicted felons to possess, purchase, or own firearms. The penalties for those convicted of violating this law include the following:

  • Up to three years in prison
  • Up to $10,000 in fines

Defenses against felon in possession of a firearm charges include illegal search and seizure, justifiable possession, and momentary possession. An experienced criminal defense lawyer generally gives you your best chance to fight felon in possession of a firearm charges.

Speak with Our Experienced Firearms Possession Defense Lawyers in Santa Barbara About Your Situation Today

Our criminal defense attorneys at Appel & Morse have over 40 years of combined legal experience. We know what it takes to help clients successfully fight criminal charges, including felon in possession of a firearm charges. We have a long history of helping clients get the charges against them reduced or dismissed.

To learn more about Appel & Morse, read our clients’ testimonials.

Give us a call at (805) 467-6060 or contact us online today for a free, no-obligation consultation with our experienced criminal defense lawyers in Santa Barbara.

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