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Can I Own a Firearm If I Was Convicted of Domestic Violence?

Following a domestic violence conviction, it can feel as if you’ve lost everything. In addition to the penalties you’re facing, you likely have additional questions about how your future will change.

At The Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, our team of trusted Texas domestic violence defense attorneys receives one question more than others, “I’ve been convicted of domestic violence, will I be able to own a firearm?”

5 Years of Waiting

According to Texas law, when someone is convicted of domestic violence in Texas, they are often prohibited from possessing firearms for five years after their release. This is most commonly seen with individuals who were convicted of a Class A misdemeanor for causing intentional harm to someone their family.

Texas law states that “family” includes:

  • Foster children
  • Foster parents
  • Current and former spouses
  • Blood-relatives
  • Individuals who have a child together

Additionally, Texas Penal Code Chapter 46 states that an individual cannot possess a firearm after they’ve received mention that they are subject to a protective order. The order must also explain the consequences of possessing a firearm or ammo.

Further, the courts are often encouraged to suspend concealed-carry licenses from individuals who are subject to protective orders.

How a Trusted Team Can Help Protect Your Future

If you’ve been convicted of domestic violence in Texas, your future could change forever. Fortunately, there are things that can be done to protect your life as you move forward.

At The Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, our team of experienced Texas domestic violence defense attorneys has been helping individuals return to their best lives possible for countless years.

We understand that you likely feel lost following your domestic violence conviction, and we want you to know that we’re here to help answer any questions you have.

Call us today (214) 238-9392 to learn more about how we can help over a confidential case evaluation.

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