Q: My 14 just got arrested for having a stolen gun. He is in a juvenile center what are the statues
This is his first offense
A: Minnesota Statutes Sec. 609.52, Subd. 3. "Sentence. Whoever commits theft may be sentenced as follows:
(1) to imprisonment for not more than 20 years or to payment of a fine of not more than $100,000, or both, if the property is a firearm, or the value of the property or services stolen is more than $35,000 and the conviction is for a violation of subdivision 2, clause (3), (4), (15), (16), or (19), or section 609.2335, subdivision 1, clause (1) or (2), item (i); ..."
Minnesota Statutes Sec. 624.712, Subd. 5 defines a felony conviction or adjudication for 609.52 involving theft of a firearm, as a "crime of violence" triggering a lifetime ban on possession of firearms, and a lifetime loss of civil rights to firearms.
As an age 14 juvenile, adult prison is highly unlikely. His defense attorney should try to get charges dismissed if possible, or mitigate the consequences of conviction. His defense attorney may try to get the prosecutor to amend the charge to something other than theft of a firearm, or other disposition that would destroy his future civil rights.
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