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Legal FAQ: Possession of Firearms

FAQ: Possession of Firearms

Can I be prohibited from possessing firearms for the rest of my life if I am convicted of certain misdemeanor crimes?

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Yes. Under Wisconsin law, anyone convicted of a felony is prohibited from possessing firearms for the rest of their life. However, under federal law, persons convicted of any crime of domestic violence (even if it is just a misdemeanor) may be prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms. Many attorneys are not aware of this federal law. That’s why it is important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney like Christopher Glinski.

Under Wisconsin law, misdemeanor crimes like disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property, can be charged as crimes of domestic violence. When this occurs, the Criminal Complaint will include a “domestic abuse assessment.” Unless the “domestic abuse assessment” is dismissed, you will likely be prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms for any reason if you are convicted of a misdemeanor offense that includes a “domestic abuse assessment.”

 

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