What is a Misdemeanor?
In Wyoming, a misdemeanor is any crime that can be punished by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. Misdemeanors are typically divided into two categories: petty misdemeanors and standard misdemeanors. Petty misdemeanors are the less serious of the two and are punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $750. Standard misdemeanors are more serious and are punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
Can a Past Misdemeanor Prohibit You From Having a Gun?
If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor, you may be wondering what happens to your gun rights. Wyoming has few restrictions on who can own a gun. A person is not permitted to possess a firearm if they:
● You have previously pleaded guilty to or been convicted of a violent crime felony
● Previously pled guilty to, or been found guilty of, injuring a peace officer in the line of duty.
● Have been convicted of a felony in any U.S. state, territory, or other jurisdiction
● Have had the legal capacity to make decisions taken away as determined in a court of law
● Have been admitted to a mental health facility
If you have been convicted of a non-violent misdemeanor, you will not be prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm. Some examples of non-violent misdemeanors include:
● Disorderly conduct
● Public intoxication
● Drug offenses
● Possession of a controlled substance
● Theft and larceny
If you have any questions about whether a past misdemeanor conviction will prohibit you from owning or possessing a firearm, please do not hesitate to contact our law firm for additional help.
Can a Criminal Defense Lawyer Protect My Gun Rights?
If you’ve been arrested, you should contact a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer can analyze the facts of your case and see whether any defenses are open to you. If you’re facing gun rights deprivation charges, a lawyer can also assist by lobbying for a dismissal or reduced charge in order to safeguard those rights.
Should I Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney Today?
If you’ve been arrested or are being investigated for a crime, it’s crucial to seek out the assistance of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. An attorney can help protect your rights and ensure that you are treated fairly by the criminal justice system. Contact our law firm today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Wyoming criminal defense lawyers.
Convicted misdemeanors will not prohibit you from owning or possessing firearms in the state of Wyoming. If you have any questions about your past misdemeanor and gun ownership, please do not hesitate to contact our law firm for additional help. Our knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys can assist you in determining your next steps and help protect your gun rights. Call our criminal defense law firm today at 307-333-7884 for a free consultation.