Dallas Possession of a Firearm as a Felon Attorney
There are significant consequences for possessing or carrying a firearm without a proper license or permission. If you were previously convicted of a felony and have been accused of possessing or carrying a firearm, you need to discuss your rights with a lawyer to prevent harsh penalties or imprisonment.
Dallas gun crime lawyer Mark T. Lassiter has over a decade of experience dealing with a variety of gun crime cases, including helping those charged with illegally carrying or possessing a firearm. Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter is committed to helping people in the DFW area and has served people from Dallas to Mansfield to Waxahachie. The combination of our dedication to Dallas and the surrounding areas and Mark T. Lassiter’s experience as a prosecutor with the Dallas County District Attorney’s office makes Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter uniquely suited to help you fight back against the charges you face. Call us at (214) 845-7007 to get started on your defense today.
Do I Need a Gun Crime Lawyer?
If you were convicted of a felony in the past, you are not allowed to knowingly possess a firearm. There are harsh penalties associated with breaking this law, including imprisonment of two years or more. If you are charged with the possession of a firearm as a felon, you will need a complex understanding of the state’s firearm laws and the state’s definition of a firearm to refute your case.
The state of Texas’s firearm laws can be tricky without previous legal experience. You are unlikely to receive the minimum sentence without legal help. Therefore, you need an attorney like that at Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter to ensure that you not only know your rights but that you have the means to prevent further punishment.
Why Choose Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter to Handle My Case?
Choosing the right lawyer is pivotal to the success of your case. Mark T. Lassiter of Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter has years of experience handling a variety of cases, including weapon offenses. His dedication has resulted in Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter being honored as Texas SuperLawyers and being named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Additionally, Lassiter is part of both the Dallas Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. There are few others as qualified and as dedicated to serving you as the lawyer at Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter.
Types of Cases We Handle
A firearm is defined by the state of Texas as any item that may be used as a weapon. This means that the definition of firearm possession in Texas is more than just physically handling a gun.
Law enforcement can and has often taken advantage of this loose definition of possession in past cases. For example, if you knowingly control or operate a gun (or have the ability to terminate your possession or handling of a gun or firearm and choose not to), you are considered in possession of the firearm and could be punished in a court of law. There are similar restrictions for activities such as hunting; you cannot hunt in the state of Texas if it involves the use of a firearm. You are also not permitted to be in a vehicle with someone who can legally hold a gun for hunting purposes if you are a convicted felon.
There are some circumstances where holding a firearm is acceptable regardless of your status as a felon. According to Texas Penal Code 46.04 (a) (2), you may own and possess a firearm in Texas if you wait a minimum of five years and restrict its use to the area in which you live. The only way to possess a firearm outside of your home as a felon, however, is to receive express permission and pardon from the governor, which is rarely granted.
There are significant consequences for a felon in possession of a firearm. A conviction of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon can have up to a 10,000 dollar fine, a third-degree felony charge, and up to ten years in prison. This penalty becomes more severe if you are found in possession of a firearm outside of Texas.
Mark T. Lassiter has experience in a variety of different weapon defense cases, from the unlawful carrying of a weapon to the illegal sale of a weapon. He knows how to ensure that your rights are not being violated and can help advocate for the best possible outcome.
The Dallas Gun Crime Lawyers
Mark T. Lassiter of Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter will work for you. Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter has fought for individuals in Dallas and across the region since 2006. If you have been charged with the possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, don’t wait any longer to call us. Schedule a confidential consultation by calling (214) 845-7007 and let us get started on your defense right away.