Can a Felon Own a Gun In West Virginia?

West Virginia still requires you to receive a pardon from the governor’s office before you can own/possess a gun in that state. Obtaining a pardon in West Virginia is very difficult. Over a recent period of nine different governors, only 131 pardons were granted out of all that applied. An attorney experienced in obtaining felony pardons can help you with the petition.

Pardon Requests

While some states have… Read more

Basics About Felons and the Right to Possess Firearms

Your neighbor has invited you hunting or you want to buy a gun to protect your home. You did your time long ago and are not even on parole or probation anymore, so what’s the problem with owning a gun?

The problem is you are a convicted felon, and as such the federal government says it will never allow you to possess a firearm. Federal Guidelines:

Owning: You… Read more

Why do Some Inmates Convicted of Felonies Stay in County Jail?

The majority of offenders convicted of felonies and sentenced to more than a year of incarceration are transported from the county jail to the state prison within a few days or weeks of conviction.

County jails are used to house those waiting for trial, serving time for a misdemeanor, or on hold for other states. But sometimes exceptions are made.

Depending on the county, the severity of the… Read more

What Does it Mean to Register as a Felon?

If you are a convicted felon, some states require you to register with law enforcement if you visit or move to their state. The scary part is that there are no signs when you cross the state line letting you know these laws exist. If you happen to be pulled over or have a police encounter for any reason and you have not registered, you can be arrested and taken… Read more

What Rights Do Felons Lose?

A felony conviction doesn’t end with doing time or completing probation or parole. Once you have a felony record, you lose certain rights, sometimes forever, other times until you petition to have those rights returned to you. In some cases, the determination about which rights can be returned is up to the individual state. Others are Federally mandated, like not being allowed to possess a gun. Examples of the rights… Read more