A special prosecutor filed three charges against him last week. The 53-year-old son of Joe Biden allegedly did not declare that he is a drug addict when he bought a gun in 2018, which is against the law. He could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted on all three counts, although the sentences for these crimes are generally lower.
At the time when Hunter Biden bought the revolver in question, he was fighting drug addiction after the death of his brother Beau. He is said to have kept it in his possession illegally for 11 days after a stay in a rehabilitation facility. His brother’s widow later found him in her car and threw him away, fearing that he would hurt himself with it.
Previously, it seemed that Hunter Biden was making a deal with the Department of Justice to avoid prosecution, but this deal did not last. The judge found the conditions unclear.
In the letter to the judge in which Biden’s lawyer writes about Biden’s intention to assert his innocence, the judge is further asked if his client can attend the upcoming hearing online. He wants to prevent his transportation from his home state of California to the state of Delaware from costing the American government a lot of money and labor, as he is heavily protected.
“Mr. Biden will plead his innocence and there is no reason why he cannot say these two words by video link,” his lawyer wrote in the letter. Prosecutors have previously denied a similar request in the case.