In Georgia, if you have been convicted of a felony the law does not allow for you to have a firearm. If you are caught being in possession of a firearm, and you are a convicted felon, you can be punished by a sentence of 1-10 years.
What is possession?
Possession of a firearm can be actual or constructive. Actual possession means that the person has direct control of the firearm i.e., on their person, in their vehicle, etc. Constructive possession is having knowledge of the firearms location and knowledge of its existence being near you but not on your person. For example, living in the same house with someone who has firearms is illegal and you can be charged.
Sentence for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon?
A first-time conviction for possession of a firearm by a felon is punishable by a sentence of 1-5 years in prison.
A second or subsequent conviction for possession of a firearm by a felon is punishable by a sentence of 5-10 years in prison.
If you or someone you know needs help with weapon charges in Cobb County, having a lawyer help you through the process can ensure your rights are protected. Contact the Law Office of Scott Smith today for a free consultation at 404-581-0999.