Pearland Gun Crime Defense Lawyer
Texans love their guns, but that does not mean that Texas law permits any and all types of weapon possession and usage. Firearms distribution is regulated by the state and federal governments, and skirting those regulations can lead to serious criminal penalties. Defendants who possess the wrong kind of gun, or who possess a weapon illegally, can face misdemeanor or felony charges and heavy punishments including years in prison.
Talented Texas gun crime defense law firm Keith B. French Law, PLLC represents clients charged with gun crimes. The Firm’s Pearland gun charge lawyer has extensive experience defending clients against all manner of criminal charges and has years of trial experience in both private and government practice. Whether Keith B. French Law can get your charges dropped, negotiate a more favorable plea, or need to take your case through trial and beyond, criminal defense attorney Keith B. French is with you every step of the way. The Firm represent clients charged with all kinds of gun offenses, including both state and federal crimes.
Dedicated Defense Against Federal Gun Charges
Gun crime defense lawyer Keith B. French has years of experience defending clients charged with federal gun laws. Federal gun charges carry the potential for severe penalties, and without a proper legal team, defendants can face the worst of these punishments. Keith B. French Law makes sure your rights are upheld throughout the legal process, and will not let an overzealous prosecutor throw the book at you just to make a point.
Federal firearms offenses are often investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), as well as by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Federal law prohibits a variety of illicit gun-related conduct. Keith B. French law represents defendants charged with all types of gun crimes, including the following:
- Illegal possession of a firearm
- Felon in possession of a firearm
- Possession of an unregistered firearm
- Illegal manufacturing, importation, or transportation of firearms
- Illegal sale of a firearm
- Illegally altering, obscuring, or removing the serial number from a firearm
Texas Firearm Laws
Although Texas has the reputation for having little to no oversight when it comes to firearm sales and possession, there are many gun crimes on the books in Texas. Gun crime defense lawyer Keith B. French represents defendants charged with weapons crimes including:
- Illegally discharging a firearm in public
- Possession of a firearm by a felon
- Unlawful carrying of a firearm
- Possession or sale of illegal weapons, including certain modified rifles, fully automatic machine guns, shortened rifles or shotguns, gun silencers, and armor-piercing rounds
- Possession of a firearm at an unlawful location, such as a church, government meeting, amusement park, or sporting event
In addition to laws punishing certain types of gun activities or possession, many criminal statutes have provisions that enhance the penalties for other crimes committed when a weapon is involved. Crimes of violence such as assault or burglary carry enhanced penalties and more severe felony charges when a weapon is brandished or used in furtherance of the crime. Whether a prosecutor elects to include a gun as part of the charged offense can mean a difference of years in prison for a defendant.
Second Amendment Rights and Gun Laws
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution grants citizens the right to “keep and bear arms.” There are, however, limitations on this right. The U.S. Supreme Court has explicitly held that laws prohibiting convicted felons from possessing guns are constitutional, despite restricting certain freedoms. The Court explained that the Second Amendment right was “not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.”
While the Second Amendment may come into play in certain criminal cases, it is not a catchall defense to gun charges. The gun charge defense attorney at Keith B. French Law will defend your rights and your freedom to the fullest extent of the law, and will bring the criminal law expertise to bear in helping you avoid the worst consequences of a conviction.
Keith B. French Law is Ready to Fight Your Pearland Gun Charges
If you are facing gun charges in Pearland, contact Keith B. French Law, PLLC. Attorney Keith B. French makes sure everyday Americans get the same exceptional legal defense as the wealthy elite. The Firm serves clients charged with gun possession, distribution, and all other weapons charges. Call Keith B. French Law today for a free consultation and find out how the Firm can protect your rights, your freedom, and your future.