Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
It is generally accepted in the state of Texas that all citizens have the right to bear arms and protect themselves. However, this right may be revoked from individuals who break the law. Those who have committed a felony and have been convicted are considered a safety risk to the general public and are therefore forbidden from possessing 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.
There are certain restrictions on gun ownership for convicted felons. Under Texas law, a felon is subject to the following limitations regarding firearms:
- An individual may not possess a firearm after a felony conviction until the fifth anniversary of the person's release from prison or parole, whichever is later.
- After the five-year anniversary, a convicted felon may not possess a firearm in any place except his or her place of residence
Violations of this law are concerned a potential safety risk for innocent people, and are therefore taken very seriously by the courts.
Charges and Penalties
A violation of this law above is a third degree felony. If you are convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm, you may face the following penalties:
- Imprisonment: Minimum 2 years and up to 10 years in prison
- Fines: Up to $10,000
Just one charge of unlawful possession could send a felon back to prison for years and reduce his or her chances of being granted parole.
If you have been arrested or charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. You have the right to legal representation, criminal defense, and a fair trial. For sound legal advice and assistance regarding your weapons charges, don't hesitate to contact Austin criminal lawyer Ian Inglis today at 512-472-1950.
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