If the police find a gun with my finger prints, but the gun was not used in a crime can I be charged? 23 Answers as of June 27, 2013

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Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
I am not sure for what.If you have a restriction from gun ownership yes, if it was in a car yes. Otherwise I would have to know the facts.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/26/2012
Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
If you are a minor you can be charged. How did the police stumble across the gun? Oh, it was in the vehicle during a traffic stop, and you were in the vehicle. The police were not just walking down the street, and stumbled on a gun, and then run prints. In order to compare prints onthe gun to you, you have to already be in the system. You are leaving out key details. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 9/22/2012
Law Office of Richard Williams
Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
Based on the information provided I do not see what you could be charged with. It may depend on where the gun was found.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 9/22/2012
Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
Charged with what, if there is no crime? Are you a convicted felon, barred from possessing firearms? Then felon in possession is a felony.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/22/2012
Law Offices of John Carney
Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
If it is an illegal weapon, stolen property, or you are a felon it is illegal to "possess" a gun. That means you "exercised dominion and control over the weapon". If you were charged then it is likely that for some reason it was illegal for you to have that gun in your possession, your house, your car, or apartment. You should retain a good criminal lawyer to get the best possible disposition in the matter.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 9/22/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    This is not likely.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 9/22/2012
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    With what if there was no crime?
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/22/2012
    Benjamin D Gordon, Attorney at Law
    Benjamin D Gordon, Attorney at Law | Benjamin D Gordon
    No, unless for one reason or another you are prohibited from possessing firearms, in which case your finger prints on the gun would be proof of a crime.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 9/20/2012
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    This depends upon whether the gun was used in the commission of a crime.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 9/20/2012
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    They will charge you with whatever they can charge you with, based on the evidence of course. The truth doesn't matter, it's what they can prove. So if they can somehow prove that the gun WAS used in the crime (even if it wasn't), you're going down bro. You better hire an attorney before you do something that will incriminate yourself further.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/20/2012
    Gates' Law, PLLC | Thomas E. Gates
    If you were legally permitted to have the gun and there was no crime, why would you be charged?
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/20/2012
    Douglas M. Philpott, P.C. | Peter J. Philpott
    If you illegally possessed the gun, or it was stolen.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/20/2012
    Mace J. Yampolsky, LTD
    Mace J. Yampolsky, LTD | Mace Yampolsky
    If he gun was unregistered.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 9/20/2012
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    Is it legal for you to own a gun?
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/27/2013
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
    Can you be charged with what? If you are a convicted felon and had possession of the gun, you will be charged with a second degree, 15 year, felony.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 9/20/2012
    Prater, Duncan & Craig, LLC
    Prater, Duncan & Craig, LLC | John D Duncan
    This is a strange question. Owning a gun is not a crime, unless you are on probation or a convicted felon that cannot own a firearm, so fingerprints alone may not constitute a full crime. The inconvenient truth about being charged is that the State needs precious little to charge you. It's the conviction that must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, but prosecutors only need probable cause to charge you with a crime. Often this occurs in the hope that you will roll on possible accomplices that may be more valuable.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 9/20/2012
    Mary W Craig P.C. | Mary W Craig
    If the gun was not used in a crime, but is simply your gun, whether you have a permit or not, why would the police want to charge you with anything other than an unpermitted pistol? You don't say where the police found the gun and why your fingerprints were on it. Those are important questions.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 9/20/2012
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