State and Federal lawmakers have enacted serious penalties for firearms offenses, or other crimes involving the importation and transportation of illegal firearms. When a gun is used in the commission of a federal crime, the penalties are increased and if the accused is convicted, they could face severe repercussions such as a lengthy prison sentence. Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon can result in charges in both Federal and State of Texas courts. Most probation conditions prohibit the possession of a firearm.
It is also against the law to sell or give a firearm to any person who is under 18 years old without a written consent provided by their parent or guardian. Many individuals who have been convicted of an earlier criminal offense will be restricted from owning a firearm, such as in cases of those who have been convicted of any felony offense or a crime that was committed within the household, such as domestic violence cases.
Firearm Offenses and Criminal Charges
Committing an offense with the use of a deadly weapon will often result in an upgrade of the charge to an Aggravated Offense. In fact, an affirmative finding of a deadly weapon will seriously impact an individual’s ability to obtain parole or probation.
Carrying a concealed handgun is illegal without a special permit. If an individual is accused of carrying a concealed weapon and has no permit, it can lead to a serious legal problem that must be quickly addressed by our experienced criminal defense team. Illegally selling or transporting firearms could lead to federal charges, and require a defense lawyer that has extensive experience in federal court.
Challenge Your Charges!
There are frequently good defenses to firearm offenses, including possession of a firearm or gun. Reduction or dismissal are possible when a person charged with one of the firearm offenses hires a strong defense team like Chernoff Law gets involved early in the case. Identifying any possible violations of your Constitutional rights with regard to search and seizure is an important factor that must be evaluated at once. In cases where these rights were violated by overzealous law enforcement, it is likely that the evidence against you will be inadmissible once exposed to the court.
Our firm is proud of our record of success in defending all types of serious criminal charges, including those involving firearms. We are committed to protecting the rights of our clients and will fully evaluate your situation to advise you of the options for defending your case, or in seeking a dismissal or reduced charges.