While most people expect restrictions on the ability to obtain a concealed handgun license for those who commit violent crimes, they may not realize that even a DWI conviction can impact eligibility for a concealed handgun license. The fact is, a DWI conviction can impact your ability to get a concealed carry license on a temporary basis, and in some cases, on a permanent basis.
A first DWI conviction is a Class B misdemeanor. Under Texas law, if you have a Class A or Class B misdemeanor conviction, you are ineligible to get a concealed handgun license for five years. Even if you successfully resolve your DWI through deferred adjudication, which means that the charges against you ultimately are dismissed, it still counts as a conviction for the purposes of concealed carry licenses. If you already possess a license at the time of your conviction, it will be automatically suspended.
If you are convicted of DWI twice within ten years, you are likely to become permanently ineligible for a concealed handgun license. One of the grounds for denying concealed carry licenses in the state of Texas is chemical dependency. Therefore, even after five years have passed since your most recent DWI conviction, you are likely to remain ineligible for a concealed handgun license.
Individuals who have pending Class A or B misdemeanor charges also do not qualify for a concealed handgun license. Therefore, while your DWI charges are pending, even if you are completing a deferred adjudication program, you will be ineligible for a license to carry a concealed handgun.
Third DWI charges and DWI with a child passenger both are felony offenses under Texas law. Once you have a felony conviction, federal and state law prohibits you from possessing any type of firearm.
When you are charged with any type of criminal offense in the state of Texas, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent your interests from the very beginning of your case. Taking steps to get you released from jail and fight for your rights at the outset of your case is typically easier than waiting until your case has progressed. Contact Peek & Toland at (512) 474-4445 today and set up an appointment to speak with our legal team.