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Iowa man claims he was helping police, faces criminal charges

A criminal conviction could follow you for the rest of your life. If you are convicted of a felony, then added restrictions may apply, including the loss of your right to possess a firearm.

A Cedar Rapids man is facing criminal charges associated with possessing a gun. Specifically, the 24-year-old is accused of possessing a firearm as a felon. According to records, the man was convicted of a Class D felony of possessing an offensive weapon in 2012.

In late May the man was arrested after police responded to a call about a man carrying a gun. Police say they saw the man walking with a gun and that he fled from officers. Authorities caught up with him and found a gun abandoned somewhere along the way.

Police claim that the man originally denied that he had a gun. After some time, however, the man admitted to holding the gun, according to police. He allegedly said the gun belonged to someone else and that he was going to put the gun into that person's car. According to the criminal complaint, the man said that planting the gun in the car would let police arrest the other person. Police also say the man claimed that he had past contact with officers, and that he said he was working with police to get gunmen off the street.

In addition to the man's 2012 conviction, his record also indicates that he was accused of possessing a controlled substance, interference with official acts, driving without a license and eluding arrest in 2011. Though convictions should be based on evidence and not prior convictions, previous convictions can influence outcomes -- especially in matters of sentencing.

If you have been accused of a subsequent felony offense, then you should speak with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Source: The Gazette, "Cedar Rapids man faces federal weapons charge," Lee Hermiston, June 13, 2014

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