Dallas Handgun License Violation Lawyers
People charged with a concealed handgun violation are often unaware that they have broken any laws. Handgun licenses are subject to different rules depending on the state, so confusion stemming from this and other factors are common. If you have been charged with violating concealed gun laws, it is entirely normal to be unsure of the next steps you should take. Please know that you have the right to an attorney and the presumption of innocence. You need a skilled attorney who understands criminal law and is ready to fight for your rights.
Attorney Mark Lassiter represents people of Dallas who face criminal charges. When people need skilled representation, they turn to Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter for help. To get the experienced defenses that you deserve in this difficult time, call Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 to talk about your legal options during a free consultation.
Do I Need a Handgun License Violation Lawyer?
Depending on the specifics of the situation, people arrested for violating concealed handgun laws could face misdemeanor or felony charges. These charges can bring serious penalties, including fines of up to $10,000 and jail time up to 10 years, and may stamp you with a permanent criminal record that can forever impact your ability to find housing, keep work, and obtain licenses. An experienced criminal defense lawyer will be able to investigate the details of your case in order to craft a compelling defense. They can then negotiate down your charges, giving you a greater chance of facing reduced penalties, or having your charges dropped altogether.
Why Choose Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter to Handle My Case?
If you have been charged with a handgun license violation, Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter will work zealously to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. Attorney Mark Lassiter fights for people facing a wide range of criminal charges and uses his skill and knowledge of the law to advocate for his clients’ interests. His dedication to his clients has allowed him to be listed among Super Lawyers of Texas and to receive a perfect 10 rating on Avvo. He has been practicing criminal defense in the Dallas area since 2006, which means he has the experience, knowledge, and familiarity with local courts and laws necessary to give you the best chance at success.
Types of Cases We Handle
At Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, we work on a variety of cases involving handgun license violations. Many of the people that we defend violate their handgun license by accident. The following includes some common reasons someone may face legal issues regarding their handgun license:
- Application errors: While applying for a handgun license, applicants are required to provide information that proves that they meet Texas’s requirements to carry a gun. This information includes past criminal history, citizenship status, and mental health fitness records. If an applicant misrepresents themselves by excluding any necessary information, they could face legal consequences.
- Expired License: The state of Texas has strict guidelines about when a carrier should renew their license. The time to renew varies depending on how many times a carrier has renewed their handgun license, but is typically four to five years. If you are caught carrying a handgun once your license has expired, even if you are unaware of the expiration, you could be charged with violating the law.
- Child support and tax delinquency: If a licensed gun carrier is delinquent on child support payments or owes tax money to the government, they could have their gun license revoked. If you are caught carrying your gun after your license has been revoked, you could face criminal charges.
- Travel and reciprocity: Texas’s concealed handgun licenses determine licensure specifically for state residents. When Texas residents cross state lines, these rules don’t apply unless a handgun license reciprocity agreement has been put in place. Reciprocity agreements indicate that the terms of a state’s licenses are recognized in other states.
No matter the specifics of the situation, our team understands that the people who reach out to us have been prompted to seek our help because they are going through a challenging time. We are conscious of this and will be here to answer your questions and help you through each step of the process.
How Could a Criminal Record Affect My Future?
If you are charged with a crime and later convicted, it could cost you opportunities in the future. A criminal record can impact your job opportunities, and depending on the severity of your conviction, your housing options, banking opportunities, ability to apply for loans, ability to vote, and other privileges could be temporarily suspended or completely revoked.
A lawyer can help you avoid serious consequences and help you manage your record. Being charged with a crime when you have an existing criminal record complicates your situation, but this challenge is manageable. In addition to fighting against the charges brought against you, a criminal defense lawyer can help manage your existing record. Some people convicted with crimes are eligible for having certain crimes on their records expunged, which improves their records and as a result prospects for the future. To learn more about getting crimes expunged from your permanent criminal record, contact Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter.
Hire Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter to Fight for You
If you are searching for a skilled Dallas lawyer that will stand with you and fight for your rights, call Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter. If you face criminal charges because of a handgun license violation, you may be unsure and fearful of what the future holds. Having an experienced attorney by your side positions you to achieve the best possible legal outcome, no matter how dire your situation may be. Mark Lassiter is serious about fighting for his clients. Take the first step to secure your future by calling (214) 845-7007 today to learn how an experienced gun crimes lawyer can help you.