Dallas Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Lawyer

You can be arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm for two types of conduct.  First, you can be charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon if you have been convicted of a felon, released from felony probation, or discharged from parole within the past five years.  Under these facts, unlawful possession of a firearm is charged as unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, and is a third degree felony, which carries a penalty range of 2 to 10 years in prison, and a fine not to exceed $10,000.  

Likewise, you can be charged with unlawful possession of a firearm if you’ve been convicted of class A misdemeanor “family violence” assault.  Under Texas law, this type of unlawful possession of a firearm is considered a class A misdemeanor, and is punishable by up to one year in the county jail, and a fine not to exceed $4000.  For purposes of the statute involving unlawful possession of a firearm, a “family violence” assault is one in which the alleged victim is someone with whom you have ever had a dating relationship, married, and also includes brothers, sisters, etc.

On the other hand, if you have been convicted of a Class A misdemeanor assault which involved family violence, you can also be charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.  This offense is a Class A misdemeanor, with a penalty range of up to 1 year in the county jail, and up to a $4000 fine.  Family violence assaults are those said to involve family members, which includes wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, etc., or anyone with whom you have had a dating relationship.