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Hunter Biden Convicted of Gun Offenses: Possible Jail Time Ahead?

Published On Wed, 12 Jun 2024
Tarun Awasthi
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Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden of the United States, has been found guilty in a significant criminal trial, marking the first instance in American history where a child of a sitting president has faced such charges. The 54-year-old was convicted on three counts related to the possession of a handgun he acquired in 2018 while grappling with a crack cocaine addiction.
A Yale-educated lawyer and former lobbyist turned artist, Biden was accused of falsely declaring, during the purchase of a .38 caliber revolver in 2018, that he was not engaged in illegal drug use. Throughout the one-week trial, Hunter Biden did not testify, although First Lady Jill Biden was present in court for several days. Pending sentencing, Biden awaits potential repercussions for these crimes, with a maximum penalty of up to 25 years in prison. However, given his status as a first-time offender, it's unlikely that he will face incarceration.
Experts speculate that Biden may receive probation and be required to perform community service, considering that stringent sentences are typically reserved for repeat offenders. His high-profile status might result in a lenient sentence, possibly serving over a year in a minimum-security facility with minimal restrictions.
The logistical challenges of detaining such a prominent individual, especially given the Secret Service's mandate to protect him, further complicate the prospect of imprisonment. One mitigating factor in Biden's favor is his apparent recovery from substance abuse, though this did not influence his treatment during the trial. Judge Maryellen Noreika, known for her stern approach, could opt for a harsher punishment. While no sentencing date has been set, a decision is anticipated in the coming weeks.
Regarding presidential intervention, President Biden visited his son during the trial in Delaware, expressing his affection and support. Despite affirming his acceptance of the trial's outcome, he stated that Hunter may consider an appeal. However, he explicitly ruled out the possibility of pardoning his son, asserting this stance when questioned by reporters.
Disclaimer: This image is taken from The Indian Express.
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