Firearms Offense Attorney in Austin, TX
A firearm offense can be given to anyone who is found in the unlawful possession of a weapon. You may be pulled over for a bad taillight only to have your car searched and a weapon discovered. If this is the case, although you may have always used it safely, you are facing a Class A misdemeanor on your permanent record. This can affect many aspects of your life included getting hired in the future. As a Texas firearm offense lawyer, I can help you avoid conviction and the associated penalties of this charge.
Felon in Possession of a Firearm
It is illegal for a person who has been convicted of a felony to own any form of firearms.. Firearms include pistols, rifles and shotguns. Possession of these firearms can mean anywhere from 2-10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
Those caught with a firearm may be charged with a third degree felony. You can also be charged for giving or selling a firearm to a previous felon who isn’t allowed to personally own one. These laws are strict and, if found guilty, you could face long prison sentences and additional marks on your record. As an experienced attorney, I will fight for you to prevent this from happening.
Minor in Possession of a Firearm
Although there isn’t actually a specific law prohibiting minors from owning their own weapons, there are laws protecting minors. There are laws prohibiting parents from buying them for their children. Additionally, selling or giving a handgun to a minor without a parent’s permission is federal fire arms violation. Leaving an unsecured, loaded firearm in a place where a minor could have access to it is a Class C misdemeanor. If someone is seriously injured or killed, it becomes a Class A misdemeanor. It is also illegal to sell firearms to minors under 18, unless they are for supervised loans of firearms or for temporary lawful recreation, such as hunting.
Although Texas is considered lenient to some degree on their gun laws, it also strongly enforces the laws already in place. A Texas criminal defense lawyer like me is well-versed on the details of firearms laws and can aggressively defend your case to prevent any wrongful charges against you.