Convicted felons do not always have the same rights they did before. Under the Constitution, as well as under Georgia law, anyone who has been convicted of a felony is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm. If a convicted felon is caught with a firearm, they may face criminal charges.

A rapper was recently arrested in Atlanta and is facing criminal charges for drug and weapon possession. He was apparently pulled over by police for driving a vehicle with tinted windows. Officers reportedly searched the vehicle and found a firearm, as well as marijuana. The rapper had previous drug and weapon-related felonies on his criminal record. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a weapon during a crime, possession of marijuana (one ounce or less), and an improper lane change.

The last thing a convicted felon needs is another felony added to their criminal record. A felon charged with possession of a firearm could face significant fines and up to five years in prison. Georgia law also states that if your previous felony conviction was a forcible felony involving physical force or the threat of physical force, you can face five years in prison.

A criminal defense attorney in Gwinnett County can review your case and come up with possible defenses to your charges. Your attorney may find that the prosecution does not have enough evidence against you to convict you. If this is the case, your charges may be dropped due to lack of evidence. To discuss your case in further detail, contact an attorney as soon as possible.