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Teacher Sentenced for Carrying Loaded Firearm in School Zone

by | Oct 16, 2013 | Criminal Defense

A 41 year-old English teacher who worked at a middle school in the San Diego area was recently sentenced in a San Diego Superior Courtroom for carrying a loaded firearm in a school zone. The teacher, N. C. W., earlier pleaded guilty to the charge, which is a felony. He was arrested earlier in February after police officers discovered a .38 caliber semiautomatic pistol, ammunition, and a switchblade on his person in a search. At the time, he was put on administrative leave from his teaching job and had to put up bail in the amount of $50,000. His apparent motivation for the weapons was to protect himself and his students at school. Despite this, his actions were illegal and he did not have a concealed-carry gun permit.

The judge in the case sentenced the teacher to probation for three years in combination with 25 hours of community service. He was also ordered to complete a gun safety course even though he will not be allowed to legally possess a gun as a convicted felon. If he violates the terms of his probation, he faces the prospect of a minimum of 90 days in jail up to several years in prison. He could have been sentenced to five years in prison, which is the maximum sentence for the charge he faced. He now faces the loss of his teaching job as well due to the fact that a teaching credential is not permitted for convicted felons in the state of California.

As you can see from the above story, the consequences of a criminal conviction can be devastating. Along with the potential for jail or prison time, heavy fines, probation, and other court-ordered actions, those who are convicted of crimes may lose their jobs and any further involvement in their career of choice. A permanent criminal record can negatively affect the ability to obtain and hold state professional licenses. They can also affect your ability to rent an apartment or be considered for other educational or career opportunities after being discovered on a routine background check.

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