It is difficult to turn on the television without hearing about the latest act of gun violence. While the right to bear arms stirs emotion on both sides of the issue, the bottom line is that Texas prosecutors aggressively pursue those who commit firearm related crimes. Judges also tend to show little leniency for such defendants. If you have been arrested for a gun related offense then you are at risk of incarceration, having a permanent criminal record, and you may even face federal criminal charges. It is vital that you contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Joey Tellez is a Laredo lawyer who is licensed in both state and federal court. He handles all matters in our office personally and he prides himself on the level of service he provides. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.
Laredo attorney handling state and federal charges for felons in possession of firearms as well as other gun related offenses
It is a violation of state and federal law for one to possess a firearm if they have been convicted of a felony or of domestic violence. Under 18 U.S.C. 922(g), simply possessing a firearm is a crime if one has prior convictions. They do not have to have been the actual owners of the gun. In addition to facing federal charges, a defendant can be charged by the state of Texas for possessing a gun after such a conviction. These charges will be in addition to any other counts a defendant may face for conduct which involved the use of the gun (such as burglary, assault, etc.). Being convicted of illegally possessing a gun can lead to substantial prison time, fines, and more.
The first step in a felony case will be for the District Attorney to gain an Indictment from the Grand Jury. The defendant will then enter a plea of “not guilty.” A trial date will be set and the defense will be provided with police reports and other evidence which the prosecution must provide pursuant to the Brady decision. Police sometimes find a gun by violating a defendant’s right against an unreasonable search or seizure. Such violations can include stopping a defendant without “reasonable suspicion” of criminal activity or searching their vehicle without a warrant. If the Court finds that law enforcement illegally obtained the gun then it may be possible to exclude it from evidence. Such exclusion could lead to a dismissal of the case. If a dismissal is not possible then the matter will proceed to trial unless a resolution can be reached. Firearm related charges involve complex issues of constitutional law and you should hire a lawyer experienced in such matters.
Joey Tellez is a Laredo defense attorney who is licensed in both state and federal court. Joey will use your initial consultation to learn about what happened and to help you understand what you should expect from the process. He will quickly obtain all available evidence and will fully investigate the matter. If he believes that the police violated your Fourth Amendment rights then he will file a Motion to exclude the gun and any other unlawfully obtained evidence. If a dismissal is not obtained then Joey will prepare your case for trial and make sure your rights are protected from beginning to end. This is a serious time in your life and our firm will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us today.
Lawyer staying in regular communication with Laredo clients facing gun related charges
You have enough to worry about if you are facing gun related charges. You do not need the added stress of having an attorney who does not return your phone calls. Joey makes lawyer-client communication a priority. He often gives clients his cell phone number, he quickly responds to messages, and he will make himself available to answer any questions you may have. Our firm is founded on the belief that everyone is entitled to respect. We are honored to serve those in the Laredo community and this is our promise in every case we handle.