Felons May Not Possess Firearms In Williamson County, Texas
This is the next post in our series on the handling of firearm related offenses in Williamson County, Texas. Our last post discussed how the use of a gun can turn other crimes into an “aggravated” offense. It is important for defendants to understand that any offense is quickly turned into a serious matter once one involves a gun. In this article we will discuss the possession of guns by convicted felons.
Both Federal and Texas law prohibits a felon from possessing a firearm. This prohibition also extends to those who have been convicted of domestic violence. Under our state laws, one convicted of such offenses may not possess a firearm from the time of their conviction until five years after they are not longer incarcerated or under supervision (such as probation or parole). After this five-year time frame has passed then one will be allowed to possess a firearm in their home. They will not, however, be permitted to possess the gun outside of their home. Being caught with the firearm, anywhere besides one’s home will result in a felony charge for the remainder of one’s life.
It is important to understand that a felon can be charged for simply possessing a gun. The accused does not have to attempt to use the gun in a crime or for some other illegal purpose. If, for example, one is stopped while driving and a firearm is found then that person will be facing a felony charge even if they were committing no other offense. Worse is the fact that, if one is on probation, and their supervisor finds a firearm in their home then that defendant will face multiple processes. First, the accused will likely face the revocation of their probation and will have to serve the sentence for their original offense. Second, the defendant will also be charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and may serve additional time on top of the sentence from their original offense.
One convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm will be charged with a third-degree felony. This means that the defendant will be facing a term of two to ten years in prison in addition to fines and a mark on their criminal record. If you are facing such charges then you need legal representation. Our Georgetown criminal defense lawyers represent people throughout Williamson County. We also service the surrounding communities of Austin, Bartlett, Cedar Park, Florence, Granger, Hutto, Jarrell, Leander, Liberty Hill, Round Rock, Taylor, Thrall, and Weir. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.