Citizens of Texas have the right to bear arms and protect themselves. But, if a citizen breaks certain laws, he or she may have this right revoked. Anyone convicted of a felony is considered a safety risk to the general public and is, therefore, forbidden to possess a firearm. If you are a convicted felon and are found to be carrying a gun, you may be arrested for the unlawful possession of a firearm.
What Is It?
There are a few restrictions on felons owning guns in Texas. These include:
- A convicted felon may not possess a firearm until five years after his or her release from prison or parole, whichever is later; and
- After the five years expire, a convicted felon may only possess a firearm in his or her residence.
The courts take violations of these provisions very seriously because of the potential safety risk such violations pose for the general public.
Charges and Penalties
A violation of this law is a third degree felony in Texas. If you are convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm, you could face penalties of a minimum of 2 years and up to 10 years in prison, and fines of up to $10,000.
One charge of unlawful possession is enough to send a felon back to prison for many more years and may reduce his or her chances for parole. If you are faced with a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm, you need the experience and skill of an aggressive defense lawyer. The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Office of Clancy & Clancy have been defending people in the Dallas – Fort Worth area for more than 40 years, and their understanding of the law of unlawful possession of a firearm has protected their clients from the most severe penalties.
Let Us Fight for You
If you have been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, you are facing the potential of a lengthy jail sentence as well as hefty fines. We have the knowledge and skill to help you avoid the harshest results arising out of a conviction on an unlawful possession of firearms charge. We will answer your questions and provide helpful analysis. Call Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Clancy & Clancy. Email us or call (214) 550-5771 to schedule a consultation.