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What Are the Penalties for Possession of a Firearm After a Felony?

 Posted on October 26, 2020 in Gun Violations

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In Wisconsin, most adults are legally permitted to own a firearm without requiring a special license. However, one situation in which a person can be prohibited from possessing a firearm is after a conviction for a felony offense. The consequences of illegal possession of a gun after a felony conviction can be severe, and it is important that you know how to avoid them. However, if you or someone you know is facing such charges, an experienced criminal defense attorney can build a strong case on your behalf to reduce your charges or avoid another conviction altogether.

Consequences of Illegal Possession of a Firearm in Wisconsin

You may be prohibited from possessing a gun not only if you have been convicted of a felony in Wisconsin, but also if you have been convicted of an offense in another state that would be considered a felony in Wisconsin, if you have been found not guilty of a felony due to mental illness, or if you have been issued a judgment of juvenile delinquency for an offense that is considered a felony for an adult.

Illegal possession of a firearm is considered a Class G felony in Wisconsin, and a conviction can result in a fine of up to $25,000 and imprisonment of up to 10 years, which may be served as a bifurcated sentence including some time in confinement and a period of extended supervision. The weapon in question will also be seized and may be disposed of after 12 months.

Defense Against Illegal Possession Charges

If you are facing charges of illegal possession of a firearm after a prior conviction or judgment, you need an attorney who can help you protect your rights. In many cases, your best option for a successful defense is to demonstrate to the court that you were not, in fact, in possession of the weapons for which you are facing charges, or that the evidence against you was obtained illegally. You may also be able to avoid a conviction if your prior ruling was an adjudication of juvenile delinquency or a judgment of not guilty due to mental illness, as long as you demonstrate to the court that you no longer pose a danger to public safety.

Contact a Waukesha County Gun Violation Attorney

At Bucher Law Group, LLC, we have decades of experience defending clients in cases involving allegations of gun violations, and we know the approaches that work to help you avoid unnecessary charges. We will work to ensure your fair treatment and protect you from consequences that can cause further hardship. Contact our diligent Milwaukee County criminal defense attorney today at 262-303-4916 to request a free consultation.





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