AZ/CCW?FO? With expunged charge

Discussion in 'Arizona Gun Forum' started by TheForlonViking, May 25, 2012.

  1. TheForlonViking

    TheForlonViking New Member

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    I made a mistake i greatly regret. I am an Illinois native, looking to follow my dreams and move to AZ. One of those dreams however involve owning a CCW in AZ. I am a FOID holder, and posses a few firearms currently. I made the mistake of using marijuana and was caught on possession of paraphernalia. I am in a second chance program as this is my first offense of any kind, and in a few months with have it expunged off my record. My question is, is how bad does this effect the ability to hold a CCW, and own a firearm in AZ. No need to bash, i made a mistake and will be paying for it inadvertently for the rest of my life, i understand that. Any help will be greatly welcomed.
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    OK- no bashing- you screwed up, and admitted that.

    In many cases, the court imposes a deferred judgment- we will not find you guilty or not guilty- we will wait. If you can complete the program, stay out of trouble for a set period (like a year) then we will find you not guilty, and the offense is expunged.

    Screw up, we find you guilty.

    I do not know that this is the case with you, but is used a lot. If so, you are not found guilty, and start fresh. Or the court "expunges" the conviction- wipes the slate clean.

    Thing for you to do is check with the system where you are, and see what the status is- and to keep your nose clean. You have no idea how bad getting popped with some boo can mess up your life in ways you have not even thought about yet.

    Good luck to you.
     

  3. TheForlonViking

    TheForlonViking New Member

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    Yea the idea behind the second chance program is basically a "diversion". Stay clean through the 6 months of random tests, take a class and i can expunge the arrest right after. I have no intention to continue down that path. I know even with it expunged ive damaged some great job opportunities. So essentially i am on the right "path", if i keep my rear out of trouble? Thank you for the hopeful answer.
     
  4. armoredman

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    Let's start here - you are currently under this diversion program and IL has allowed you to keep both your FOID and your firearms? if so i'd say you are about 100% in the clear, but read on. Keep in mind a felony usually means punishable by a sentence of more than one year - what was the sentence offered if you didn't take the diversion program?
    If you can qualify to purchase a firearm legally through an FFL, then you can own one in AZ. If you are a prohibited possessor, you cannot own a firearm in AZ.
    http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/ars/13/03101.htm&Title=13&DocType=ARS
    Here's some more info for you to peruse.

    http://www.azdps.gov/Services/Concealed_Weapons/Questions/
     
  5. Riverg420

    Riverg420 New Member

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    I had a misdemeanor simple poss. charge many years ago .It didnt effect me getting my permit