Gun Ownership and Felony DWI Convictions
A person convicted of felony DWI can face a number of consequences, including the loss of gun ownership rights. These rights are protected under the 2nd Amendment, but can be challenged under certain circumstances. A felony-grade conviction may disallow an individual from firearm possession or ownership.
If you have been charged with an alcohol-related driving offense, you face a number of threats to your rights and freedoms. Contact Raleigh DWI defense lawyer Jim Black by calling 919-600-4609 to learn more about your legal options if you have been charged with DWI or another alcohol-related offense.
Exemptions to Gun Laws
A person charged with DWI may face a felony-grade charge in certain cases. This more serious charge can be used if a person injured another person in a drunk driving accident or if they have been convicted on DWI charges several times within a certain period of time. Although the government puts a blanket ban on felons owning firearms, it does provide for some select exemptions, including the following:
- Felony crimes with prison sentences under 1 year
- Convictions made under foreign laws in other countries
- Convictions for business-related crimes
A person may lose their right to bear arms permanently if they have been repeatedly convicted of DWI within a certain time frame, so it is important that anyone facing DWI charges does everything they can to avoid conviction.
If you have been charged with DWI, there may be severe consequences that extend well-beyond criminal penalties like jail time and fines. For more information regarding your legal rights and options, contact the Raleigh DWI defense attorneys at the Law Office of Jim Black today at 919-600-4609.