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Felon in Possession of a Firearm in Livonia Michigan - Felon in Possession of a Firearm under 750.224f in 16th District Court Livonia, Michigan is a Class E felony that carries up to 60 months in prison.

If you are charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm in Livonia, Michigan, you need the help of an experienced Livonia criminal defense attorney. I can provide you with nearly 20 years of experience and a willingness to fight and take cases to trial.

Felon in Possession of a Firearm is a class E felony that carries up to 5 years in prison (60 months). If you are arrested and charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm, your first court appearance will be an arraignment in the 16th District Court in Livonia, Michigan. Learn more about an arraignment now. At the arraignment, your case will be scheduled for a probable cause conference and a preliminary examination. Bond will also be addressed at the arraignment. The probable cause conference must be scheduled within 7 to 14 days of the arraignment with the preliminary examination scheduled within 5 to 7 days after the probable cause conference.

Following the preliminary examination, further proceedings are held in the Wayne County Circuit Court at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in downtown Detroit. If there is virtually any evidence supporting the prosecutor's case, it is extremely likely that the matter will be bound over in the district court. Nonetheless, I almost always challenge cases at the preliminary examination because it is the best opportunity that the defense is presented for challenging the evidence and developing the facts that will support defenses in the circuit court. DO NOT WAIVE THE PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION WITHOUT MAKING AN INFORMED DECISION.

The charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm is detailed in the Michigan compiled laws, MCL 750.224f. The provisions of MCL 750.224f state:

(1) Except as provided in subsection (2), a person convicted of a felony shall not possess, use, transport, sell, purchase, carry, ship, receive, or distribute a firearm in this state until the expiration of 3 years after all of the following circumstances exist:

 

(a) The person has paid all fines imposed for the violation.

 

(b) The person has served all terms of imprisonment imposed for the violation.

 

(c) The person has successfully completed all conditions of probation or parole imposed for the violation.

 

(2) A person convicted of a specified felony shall not possess, use, transport, sell, purchase, carry, ship, receive, or distribute a firearm in this state until all of the following circumstances exist:

 

(a) The expiration of 5 years after all of the following circumstances exist:

 

(i) The person has paid all fines imposed for the violation.

 

(ii) The person has served all terms of imprisonment imposed for the violation.

 

(iii) The person has successfully completed all conditions of probation or parole imposed for the violation.

 

(b) The person's right to possess, use, transport, sell, purchase, carry, ship, receive, or distribute a firearm has been restored under section 4 of 1927 PA 372, MCL 28.424.

 

(3) Except as provided in subsection (4), a person convicted of a felony shall not possess, use, transport, sell, carry, ship, or distribute ammunition in this state until the expiration of 3 years after all of the following circumstances exist:

 

(a) The person has paid all fines imposed for the violation.

 

(b) The person has served all terms of imprisonment imposed for the violation.

 

(c) The person has successfully completed all conditions of probation or parole imposed for the violation.

 

(4) A person convicted of a specified felony shall not possess, use, transport, sell, carry, ship, or distribute ammunition in this state until all of the following circumstances exist:

 

(a) The expiration of 5 years after all of the following circumstances exist:

 

(i) The person has paid all fines imposed for the violation.

 

(ii) The person has served all terms of imprisonment imposed for the violation.

 

(iii) The person has successfully completed all conditions of probation or parole imposed for the violation.

 

(b) The person's right to possess, use, transport, sell, purchase, carry, ship, receive, or distribute ammunition has been restored under section 4 of 1927 PA 372, MCL 28.424.

 

(5) A person who possesses, uses, transports, sells, purchases, carries, ships, receives, or distributes a firearm in violation of this section is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years or a fine of not more than $5,000.00, or both.

 

(6) A person who possesses, uses, transports, sells, carries, ships, or distributes ammunition in violation of this section is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years or a fine of not more than $5,000.00, or both.

 

(7) Any single criminal transaction where a person possesses, uses, transports, sells, carries, ships, or distributes ammunition in violation of this section, regardless of the amount of ammunition involved, constitutes 1 offense.

 

(8) This section does not apply to a conviction that has been expunged or set aside, or for which the person has been pardoned, unless the expunction, order, or pardon expressly provides that the person shall not possess a firearm or ammunition.

 

(9) As used in this section:

 

(a) Ammunition means any projectile that, in its current state, may be expelled from a firearm by an explosive.

 

(b) Felony means a violation of a law of this state, or of another state, or of the United States that is punishable by imprisonment for 4 years or more, or an attempt to violate such a law.

 

(10) As used in subsections (2) and (4), specified felony means a felony in which 1 or more of the following circumstances exist:

 

(a) An element of that felony is the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against the person or property of another, or that by its nature, involves a substantial risk that physical force against the person or property of another may be used in the course of committing the offense.

 

(b) An element of that felony is the unlawful manufacture, possession, importation, exportation, distribution, or dispensing of a controlled substance.

 

(c) An element of that felony is the unlawful possession or distribution of a firearm.

 

(d) An element of that felony is the unlawful use of an explosive.

 

(e) The felony is burglary of an occupied dwelling, or breaking and entering an occupied dwelling, or arson.

Felon in Possession of a Firearm under Michigan sentencing guidelines is scored under crimes against public safety (Pub Saf). Under the guidelines, a person who is convicted of Felon in Possession of a Firearm with no prior record and no aggravating factors looks to the low end of the guidelines which call for up to 3 months. With no prior criminal record but horrible facts, the defendant can face 17* months. With a terrible criminal record and terrible facts, the accused can be looking at 38 months under the guidelines.

The jury instructions set forth the following elements for Felon in Possession of a Firearm that must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt by the prosecuting attorney:

M Crim JI 11.38 Felon Possessing Firearm: Nonspecified Felony

The defendant is charged with having [possessed / used / transported / sold / received] a firearm in this state after having been convicted of a felony. To prove this charge, the prosecutor must prove each of the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

(1) First, that the defendant [possessed / used / transported / sold / received] a firearm in this state.

(2) Second, that the defendant was convicted of [name felony].

[Use the following paragraph only if the defendant offers some evidence that more than three years has passed since completion of the sentence on the underlying offense.]

(3) Third, that less than 3 years had passed since [all fines were paid / all imprisonment was served / all terms of (probation / parole) were successfully completed].

 

I can't emphasize enough how important it is to focus on the jury instructions while preparing a defense to the offense of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. While there are a number of defenses to Felon in Possession of a Firearm that we can explore during a consultation, the elements contained in M Crim JI 11.38 provide a roadmap for defending the case. This is true in almost every single case, and really great defense attorneys focus early on these jury instructions.

As a cautionary note, you might be completely innocent but still face criminal charges. Even worse, you might be denied bail, forced to spend months in jail before you are vindicated. I have seen many cases where a truly innocent client is baffled, angry and scared, completely unable to understand why police and prosecutors are gunning to get a conviction. So long as probable cause is established at the preliminary examination, then the matter will be bound over for trial in the 3rd Circuit Court for the County of Wayne and further proceedings will be held in the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in downtown Detroit. This is why it is so important that you contact an experienced Livonia criminal defense attorney to help you defend against criminal charges in the 16th District Court.

*represents an aberration under the guidelines that might result in county jail time or violate the 2/3rd maximum minimum rules under the guidelines, which is something that must be discussed with your attorney.

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William Maze is an established Livonia Michigan attorney in Wayne County Michigan, and he has represented well over a thousand satisfied criminal defense clients across the state.  He has received multiple awards and recognitions, and he maintains a national reputation as one of the leading drunk driving defense attorneys in the country.  

  • Extensive training and education far beyond the average lawyer
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