Texas Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon Federal Attorney
Federal Defense for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon Charges in Texas and Throughout the U.S.
The laws in the United States generally allow adults to own or possess guns. In fact, the Second Amendment provides U.S. citizens with the Constitutional right to bear arms, ensuring that they can own firearms and use them to protect themselves and their families. However, there are certain situations where people may not be allowed to own firearms, and in some cases, those who violate these laws may face federal charges. People who have been convicted of felonies are prohibited from possessing firearms. Felons who are found in possession of these weapons or people who supply weapons to felons could face federal charges and potentially lengthy prison sentences.
Those who are facing charges related to firearm possession by felons should seek legal counsel from an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. At The Crowder Law Firm, P.C., our experienced lawyers can provide invaluable help in these situations, ensuring that a person who is charged with a federal offense will be able to navigate the legal system correctly. We work to secure favorable outcomes for our clients, fighting to avoid convictions whenever possible or taking steps to minimize the potential consequences they may face. If you have been accused of federal weapons offenses, we can put our knowledge and experience to work for you and provide you with the defense you need.
Federal Charges for Felon in Possession of a Firearm in Texas
Federal law (18 U.S.C. § 922(g)) states that it is illegal for a person who has been convicted of an offense that is punishable by more than one year in prison to possess a firearm or ammunition. Notably, a person does not actually need to be sentenced to more than one year upon conviction of a felony. If the maximum punishment for a state or federal crime is at least one year, it will be considered a felony conviction, regardless of the amount of time a person was actually incarcerated.
The law specifies that a felon cannot ship, transport, or receive firearms or ammunition in interstate or foreign commerce. This means that if they possess or receive any weapon that had previously been transported between multiple states or countries, federal charges may apply. A person does not necessarily need to own a firearm to violate the law. If a felon carries, uses, or has access to a firearm that is stored in their home, vehicle, or other property, they may face federal charges.
The same law also prohibits firearm possession by people who have committed certain other types of offenses. Convictions for domestic violence offenses will prohibit a person from possessing a firearm, even if these offenses are classified as misdemeanors. Fugitives from justice, which may include those who have traveled between states to avoid being prosecuted for criminal offenses, as well as those who have fled to other states to avoid giving witness testimony in a criminal case, will also be prohibited from possessing firearms. Unlawful users of controlled substances could also potentially face charges for firearm possession, meaning that those who are charged with drug possession may be subject to weapons charges as well.
In general, those who are convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon may be sentenced to up to 15 years in a federal prison. However, if a person has three previous convictions for violent crimes that are classified as felonies or serious drug crimes with maximum sentences of at least 10 years, they will be considered an "armed career criminal," and they may face a minimum sentence of 15 years for possessing a firearm. Previous offenses that may cause a person to be considered an armed career criminal may be charged at the state or federal level.
Contact Our Texas Federal Firearm Possession Charges Attorney
The consequences of a conviction on federal charges for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon can be serious and long-lasting. At The Crowder Law Firm, P.C., we can help you take steps to protect your rights if you are facing charges related to firearm possession. With an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side, you can determine the best way to avoid a conviction or reduce your potential penalties. Contact us today at 214-303-9600 to arrange a free consultation and get the legal representation you need.