Posted on February 24, 2021 in DUI
With nearly 225,000 registered weapons in 2019, Arizona ranks within the top percentage of gun ownership in the United States. People in Arizona own guns for many reasons including, but not limited to:
It is no surprise that drivers facing charges for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) want to know how a DUI conviction could affect their right to buy and carry a firearm in Arizona.
Each state, including Arizona, designates classes of “prohibited possessors.” These are individuals who may not own, possess, or otherwise control ammunition or firearms. Arizona defines prohibited possessors in ARS 13-3102. The following classes of individuals are prohibited possessors in Arizona:
According to Arizona law, a defendant facing or convicted of a misdemeanor charge for DUI is not a prohibited possessor.
A defendant convicted of a felony DUI does fall under a class of prohibited possessors in Arizona. Therefore, it is helpful to know when a DUI is a felony in Arizona. Arizona considers the following felony DUIs:
No felon may buy or carry a firearm in Arizona or anywhere in the United States without having their rights restored.
In Arizona, there is an application process to restore the rights to buy and carry a firearm. Anyone wishing to restore these gun rights must follow this process.
The restoration process is a series of forms submitted to the original convicting court. An individual can fill out and turn in these forms themselves, or a criminal defense attorney can create and submit a custom motion on an individual’s behalf for a speedier resolution.
Anyone convicted of a non-violent felony can apply for restoration of gun rights two years after their probation release. A conviction for a serious felony requires a ten year waiting period for restoration of gun rights. Those individuals convicted of a dangerous felony will likely never regain any gun rights.
Ultimately it is the court’s decision whether or not to restore gun rights. The court reviews each application on a case by case basis using criteria such as:
If you or someone you know is facing a DUI or needs their gun rights restored after a DUI, call the Rosenstein Law Group. Our experienced DUI attorneys in Scottsdale will provide you with a free initial consultation and discuss how we can help protect your current rights and secure your future prospects for the restoration of gun rights.
DUIs are severe and can impact not only your gun rights but also your future employment and educational opportunities. Let the Rosenstein Law Group give you an accurate assessment of where you stand and navigate you through your legal options. Call us anytime, day or night.