If I work for a smoke shop and am a convicted felon but the shop was raided when I was not there and they found guns, can I be charged if my prints were on one?

Asked on March 17, 2015 under Criminal Law, Texas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You can be charged if the evidence, including but not limited to fingerprints on guns, makes it appear reasonably likely that those were your guns. You do not have to be present to "possess" something if it belonged to you, was under your control, etc. Besides the fingerprints--which could be enough in and of themselves--obviously the testimony of other employees at the shop ("No, those weren't my guns...they belong to John Doe.") could connect you to the guns.

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