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Possession of a Weapon by Previous Offender, Denver Attorney

On Behalf of | Apr 4, 2018 | Possession of a Weapon by Previous Offender |


A Convicted Felon Can Never Possess a Weapon in Adams County

The Possession of a Weapon by Previous Offender statute, C.R.S. 18-12-108, is written to keep people who have been convicted of a permanent felony from having possession of a weapon. This includes juvenile adjudications for a felony – even if they have been expunged. A “weapon” includes a gun, rifle, pistol, or handgun. See the definition of prohibited weapons at C.R.S. 18-1-901(3)(h). We find that recent news stories like the convicted felon accused of murdering an Adams County sheriff’s deputy give lawmakers the headlines they need to keep this felony crime in place.

Can I Go Hunting With a 20 Year Old Felony in Jefferson County?

No, at least not legally. The Possession of Weapons by Previous Offender statute, also called POWPO, does not have a time provision specifying when a convicted felon may once again go hunting in Jefferson County. The statute is written to last a lifetime. Some people read a portion of the statute which reduces the penalty for people charge with POWPO after ten years from the original felony and they make the mistake that it is okay to possess a gun or weapon. It is not ok, and possession will result in another felony conviction. Information on Possession of Weapons by Previous Offenders.

Restored Gun Rights in Arapahoe County After a Felony Conviction or Juvenile Adjudication?

After a felony conviction or juvenile adjudication in Arapahoe County, you can’t have a gun again, forever. In some cases though, people have a deferred prosecution, a deferred judgment and sentence, or a deferred adjudication. These people might be able to possess a firearm IF they were successful with the DJ&S and the felony was dismissed. This is a complex subject and a mistake can result in prison time. So, call our defense lawyers to research and review your criminal case.

Defenses for Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender in Douglas County

Our lawyers have defended several people who were falsely accused of POWPO in Douglas County, Colorado. There is hope for you if you have been charged with Possession of Weapons by Previous Offenders. We know how to apply defenses such as Choice of Evils, Self Defense, and your constitutional right to possess a firearm. Your freedom, and your gun rights, are important to us. If you have been charged, contact the best criminal defense attorneys in Denver and all of Colorado. Speak to a lawyer today by calling 303-731-0719. Together we can protect your future.