Legal Battle Ahead as Hunter Biden’s Team Vows to Challenge Felony Convictions

Center for Strategic & International Studies


Hunter Biden has been convicted on three felony counts related to firearms offenses. His legal team plans to challenge the verdict, and President Joe Biden has stated he will respect the judicial process while offering personal support to his son.

Why It Matters

This case underscores concerns about accountability and the integrity of the legal system, especially when dealing with high-profile individuals.

Who It Impacts

The situation affects all Americans, highlighting the broader implications of legal accountability and justice.

In a high-profile federal court case, Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, was convicted on multiple felony counts related to firearms offenses. The jury found Hunter Biden, 54, guilty of lying to a federally licensed firearms dealer, making a false claim on a federal firearms background check form, and possessing an illegally obtained firearm. These charges collectively could result in a prison sentence of up to 25 years and fines amounting to $750,000.

Hunter Biden’s legal team, led by attorney Abbe Lowell, expressed their disappointment with the verdict. Lowell emphasized their commitment to pursuing all available legal avenues to challenge the conviction. “We respect the jury process, and as we have done throughout this case, we will continue to vigorously pursue all the legal challenges available to Hunter. Through all he has been through in his recovery, including this trial, Hunter has felt grateful for and blessed by the love and support of his family,” Lowell stated.

In a personal response to the conviction, Hunter Biden highlighted the support he received from his loved ones. “I am more grateful today for the love and support I experienced this last week from Melissa, my family, my friends, and my community than I am disappointed by the outcome. Recovery is possible by the grace of God, and I am blessed to experience that gift one day at a time,” he said.

President Joe Biden has maintained that he will honor the judicial process, reiterating his commitment to not pardoning his son despite the conviction. However, there are discussions about potentially commuting Hunter Biden’s sentence. “As I said last week, I am the President, but I am also a Dad,” President Biden remarked. “Jill and I love our son, and we are so proud of the man he is today. So many families who have had loved ones battle addiction understand the feeling of pride seeing someone you love come out the other side and be so strong and resilient in recovery.”

The trial, which lasted just over a week, featured testimonies from several witnesses, including Hunter Biden’s ex-wife, a former girlfriend, and the gun store clerk who sold him the firearm. According to reports from The New York Times, Hunter Biden displayed a grim demeanor in the courtroom as the verdict was read, standing with arms crossed and staring at the jury.

Following the verdict, Hunter Biden was escorted out of the courtroom by First Lady Jill Biden and his wife, Melissa Cohen Biden. The case does not end here for Hunter Biden, as he also faces criminal charges in California related to alleged tax violations.