New York defense attorneys, including one representing Da'Quan Bowers, say the former Clemson star is likely to be treated leniently when he appears before the court in April to answer two counts of a felony gun charge.
Bowers' attorney, Dennis Coppin of Bayside, N.Y., told Bloomberg News, “After a full and fair investigation of the facts and circumstances regarding this registered firearm, Mr. Bowers will be fully exonerated.”
Another New York-based defense attorney, Jay K. Goldberg, told TampaBay.com that the jurisdiction - Queens County - may also work in Bowers' favor.
“The state of New York doesn’t care what the federal law is or what other states’ laws are,” said Goldberg. "But the Queens DA has a very pragmatic approach if the gun is registered somewhere else.”
Bowers was arrested Monday morning at LaGuardia Airport for criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. He posted $10,000 bail and was released.
TampaBay.com's Stephen Holder reported that Bowers told authorities that he had unwittingly traveled to New York City on Friday with the gun in a checked bag. After arriving back at the airport on Monday, Bowers alerted airline personnel about the weapon and was arrested for illegal possession because he lacked a New York license.
Goldberg predicted a favorable outcome for Bowers.
“It might not be that bad,” Goldberg told TampaBay.com. “I’ve been very successful in Queens, in some cases even getting (charges) dismissed...
“It really is incumbent upon the visitor to know the New York gun laws."