Eugene, OR asked in Criminal Law for Oregon

Q: How can I be charged with felon in poss. Of a firearm. When a gun was found in another bag in a closet

A po went to my friends house searched his things found a gun in a random back pack in the closet along with a letter from my wife to me from prison three years prior, then came to my house the next day and charged me with felon in poss. Of a fire arm actually two of them?

Related Topics:
1 Lawyer Answer
Michael Romano
Michael Romano
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Beaverton, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: The legal definition of "possession" is very broad. A felon doesn't need to be holding a firearm, touching a firearm, or even have a firearm within reach. It's called "constructive possession." The criminal charge of felon in possession of a firearm is a serious offense, and you may have a legal or factual defense. It'd probably be best if you didn't post more details in a public forum online, and instead contacted an attorney.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.