Even as his father, US President Joe Biden, gears up for reelection next year, Hunter Biden entered a not guilty plea on Tuesday, October 3.
Hunter Biden, 53, appeared in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, the hometown of his family, and entered a not-guilty plea to three felony charges related to his purchase of a.38-caliber Colt Cobra revolver in 2018.
At the time, he admitted he was severely drug dependent and barely in control of his life.
Hunter Biden is accused of making false statements on two counts after claiming he wasn’t using drugs at the time he filled out the paperwork for the gun purchase.
A third accusation against him for illegally possessing the gun, which he only had for 11 days in October 2018 before disposing of it, is based on the same statements.
Hunter also has other legal issues to deal with.
His father’s political standing as he runs for reelection in 2024 may suffer as a result of Republican politicians accusing him of engaging in corrupt business practices in China and Ukraine.
The Biden family is the subject of a criminal conspiracy, according to Republicans, who have launched an impeachment investigation in Congress.
In response to the scandal, Joe Biden has frequently stated that he supports his son and is proud of him for his efforts to overcome his drug addiction.
Abbe Lowell, Hunter Biden’s attorney, had asked Judge Christopher Burke to allow Biden, who resides in California, to appear via video rather than in person, but the request was denied.
Burke ruled that the defendant shouldn’t be given any special consideration in this case.
Hunter Biden could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison if found guilty, but in reality, if no other charges are brought against the defendant, jail time for such offenses is rarely meted out.
Hunter Biden is a lawyer and former lobbyist who now works as an artist, but his life has been marred by alcoholism and a crack cocaine addiction.