Can a convicted felon be charged with possession of a firearm because of fingerprints found on a gun not in their actual possession

A firearm was found in someone else’s
vehicle with a convicted felons
fingerprints on the firearm the vehicle
owner states the truck was stolen and
that is how law enforcement came into
possession of the firearm. The owner
of the vehicle does not claim
ownership of the firearm

Asked on March 25, 2019 under Criminal Law, Virginia


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Yes, the felon can be charged on this basis. Fingerprints are highly reliable,  very strong evidence: if a person's fingerprints are on a gun, that shows that he or she helds the gun--that is, that the gun was in his or her possession.

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