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Can a Felon Become a Sovereign Citizen?

Can a Felon Become a Sovereign Citizen

Many individuals oppose governmental laws and regulations. Most protest in silent ways, but there are people who demonstrate their displeasure openly. Those that display this opposition may go to the extreme of declaring themselves sovereign citizens.

This blog post will address the issue of whether or not a felon can become a sovereign citizen.

  • What is a Sovereign Citizen?
  • How to Become a Sovereign Citizen
  • A Choice for Felons?
  • Recommended Action

What is a Sovereign Citizen?

Sovereignty is the inherent and independent right to govern oneself. In the United States, only the people – not the government – have the right to life, liberty, and property.

The sovereign citizen movement is the formation of a group of individuals who believe they are answerable only to their own interpretation of the law and not that of the government. They believe they’re free of any legal constraints because the U.S. government is illegitimate.

According to the FBI, there are approximately 300,000 sovereign citizens, many of whom are classified as domestic terrorists. This is because they resist everything from speeding tickets to drug charges and view taxation as illegal.

Many sovereign citizens battle the legal system either through peaceful means by disregarding federal statutes or with violent protests.

The sovereign citizen concept began in 1971 with the teachings of William P. Gale, a Christian minister. According to Gail, the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution converted sovereign citizens into federal citizens by their agreement to a contract to accept benefits from the federal government.

A sovereign citizen believes there are two types of citizens: natural citizens and Fourteenth Amendment citizens. Natural citizens are seen as citizens because they were born in one of the 50 states and have revoked their U.S. federal citizenship.

They also believe that national citizens are not subject to any U.S. federal law, including the jurisdiction of the federal courts. They feel they’re subject to natural and common law only. Fourteenth Amendment citizens are viewed as being subject to federal and common law but can become a sovereign citizen.

Often, sovereign citizens view themselves as fighting against the government and other forms of authority using paper terrorism harassment and intimidation tactics.

Some of the supposed advantages of being a sovereign citizen are:

  • Immunity to law, including statutory, civil, and vehicle codes
  • Being able to dismiss anything in the area of legal business
  • Discharging debts by bonds
  • Not having to pay traffic tickets
  • Inability to be sued in court
  • Eliminating Federal and state income tax
  • Regaining all money paid to the government, including the IRS

How to Become a Sovereign Citizen

Becoming a sovereign citizen starts with a tangible declaration. Since the sovereign citizen movement is self-proclaimed, there is no specific procedure in place to become a sovereign citizen.

Typically, a person will declare that the laws do not apply to him or her. He or she might declare that a home belongs to him or her by filing paperwork stating that he or she owns the home.

Sovereign is defined as “possessing supreme or ultimate power.” Those that declare themselves sovereign only believe in their own authority.

Some individuals will cancel their Social Security Number and birth certificate. These are actions that reflect their declaration of sovereignty.

A Choice for Felons?

Most sovereign citizens claim that the federal court has no jurisdiction to try them for a felony or even a misdemeanor. A sovereign citizen typically relies on the uniform commercial code (UCC), admiralty laws, and other commercial regulations when arguing that the court cannot place any agreement on him or her.

A sovereign citizen will deny the validity of any such statutes and cannot be found guilty of any violation of federal criminal laws. He or she typically thinks that individuals have been tricked into becoming citizens by entering into contracts through documents such as birth certificates and Social Security cards.

Many times in an attempt to deny falling under federal law, a sovereign citizen will protest any attempt to get him or her into court for any legal proceeding. At these times, a sovereign citizen may be found in contempt of court. For those who reputedly go against court orders, he or she can be charged with a misdemeanor and if this occurs often enough it can become a felony charge.

A typical charge might be:

  • Tax evasion
  • Practicing law without a license
  • Sedition
  • Money laundering
  • Weapons charges

As a felon, taking such a stance and inviting criminal charges only places him or her in an extremely dangerous situation. It would be easy for a felon under these circumstances to be sent back to prison because of their prior criminal history.

A judge could easily decide a felon sovereign citizen has already lived in a way that is placed him or herself above the law. Becoming a sovereign citizen would only add to this view as a further demonstration of his or her disregard for legal consequences.

Examples of antigovernment “sovereign citizens”  might be a felon living in high-end homes claiming them as his or her own, or being sentenced to federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

While a felon could become a sovereign citizen, it’s not a recommended course of action. Becoming a sovereign citizen does not involve any application or criminal background check. As a designation, it’s basically self-proclaimed and lived out as an individual choice.

In order to be successful in establishing an honorable life, it’s essential for felons to be honest about their background. They are already seen as being dishonest, untrustworthy, and unwilling or unable to follow directions from authority figures.

Having their record expunged can give them the chance needed to begin with a clean record. Expungement of a criminal record allows anyone to honestly state on an application that he or she has not been convicted of a crime.

However, consistently ignoring federal regulations would defeat the purpose of expungement and set a felon up for further difficulties with the law.

Recommended Action

Becoming a sovereign citizen might be tempting to live according to one’s own will, but it’s not worth it for a felon wanting to succeed in a new life. To give him or herself the best chance of success in staying out of prison, he or she needs to follow government regulations.

Having support from family and friends is important. A felon doesn’t have to be defined by his or her crime. We are not defined by our mistakes but by how we recover from them. He or she can begin again and live an honest life without consistent protest of the government by being a sovereign citizen.

What do you think about this blog post? Have you or someone you know been in the situation of trying to become a sovereign citizen with a felony? What was that like for him or her, and how did he or she achieve success? Please tell us in the comments below.

5 responses to “Can a Felon Become a Sovereign Citizen?”

  1. C.c. says:

    “A felon doesn’t have to be defined by his or her crime.” You are wrong, those convicted of what falls under a ‘sex crime’ ARE defined by their crime in the eyes of society. They forever have to live under unconstitutional laws and can never restart a new law abiding life. The laws do not allow them to. And it affects their families as well.

  2. LLR says:

    You are trying to make the readers believe that Sovereign citizens are all criminals which is not the case. This is a very biased, incriminating, manipulating, judgmental and untrue article trying to get their readers to think sovereign citizens have no basis for their claim of sovereinty other than defying the government. These are in fact citizens of all classes and certifications that have been wronged and lied to by the their government on local, state and federal levels.

  3. Manawa Wa Afrika Katika says:

    The right to claim oneself, or exist, as a “person”, under a “self-determined NATIONALITY”, is a protected right that any person can declare!

    The claiming a nationality is not against the law; and (as a matter of fact), it is a right that is written in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
    Article 15 (which states):

    1. Everyone has the right to a nationality;
    2. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

    The definition of Sovereign is defined as: “possessing supreme or ultimate power.” Those that declare themselves sovereign only believe in their own authority. As such, no court, corporation, or entity can regulate the desire of a person, who declares themselves to be sovereign!

    The implied and self-imposed authority of the CORPORATE entity, commonly known as the “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”, is (in reality), a corporate enterprise “doing business” in a stolen territory – so-named by the invading forces, of an organized group, who have seated themselves in power in order to: 1. deprive the indigenous people of their NATURAL rights, to live in accordance with their FREE wills. 2. Assume control of the LAND, AIR, and WATER rights in all commercially profitable areas, and profit from the regulation of the fair market value of all by-products that are either: manufactured, bought, or sold – from these sources.

    This CORPORATION has appointed a political figurehead to act on its behalf, as (and under the title of): the “PRESIDENT”, and he/she, is the DE FACTO public representative responsible for carrying out their agendas of the corporate body. Such as it is, the nation of America, is adhering to the mass-corporate takeover, by creating the structure of appointees who are all operating under a DE JURE status, as agents of this self-proclaimed regime.

    The LAWS, EDICTS, PUBLIC POLICIES, and PENAL CODES that they’ve drafted, and enacted are without enforceable merit, except under the threat of violence or the penalties of unwarranted and unlawful detainment – for non-compliance, and are in direct violation of the TREATY OF PEACE And FRIENDSHIP (1836), that they willfully entered into with the Morrocan leadership – some 183 years ago.

    And…Instead of debating over what presumed authority they have granted themselves to impose their unwanted opinions into our affairs, as SOVEREIGN PEOPLE, we need to embrace the fact that we are the original aboriginal descents offspring, and they are here under assumed authority under a “corporate structure”, to insinuate themselves as our caretakers, but have proved themselves more to be our oppressor’s!

    We need to unify – to send them the message that “we no longer want, nor will tolerate them operating, or doing business in any manner on our behalves – and they must return the full land, air, and water rights over to us and decolonize the territories that they have named “America”‘!

    They already know that we have an inheritance (unbeknownst to many uninformed residents), regarding the “first right of claim” over all of these territories, that were under the jurisdiction of Morroco, and the Moors – of whom we are direct descendants!

    Therefore, we must exercise our legal rights, to use the system of law, to unseat them from power!

  4. Kaden Gilchrist says:

    You should probably point out that no court has ever upheld the idea of sovereign citizenry. If you get pulled over or arrested for something no matter how loudly you insist you are a sovereign citizen, you will definitely get in trouble and it will do you no good at all.

  5. Zac Fancher says:

    Kaden Gilchrist, my name is Zac Fancher, I wanted to inform that your incorrect about the court’s upholding sovereignty. The United States Supreme Court held that; “The American people are in fact sovereign, and not the state and federal government’s, local and federal law enforcement are liable for enforcement of the laws on sovereign people.” Bond v. United States, (2000)

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