When people read a news article about an arrest, they often do not fully consider the details that may be — and often are — missing in the story. In many cases, it may be easy to assume that a person accused of a crime is guilty based simply on the fact that the individual faces accusations from law enforcement officers. However, everyone is guaranteed the presumption of innocence, and there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to convict someone of a crime. Despite this, there are many details that are unclear following the recent arrest of a Texas man and the subsequent gun and weapons charges filed against him.
The incident involves a 59-year-old man. Reports indicate that he was arrested on an afternoon in mid-July. According to news story about his case, a search warrant was issued following an investigation by the narcotics unit of a sheriff’s office. It is unclear what prompted that investigation or what evidence was uncovered prior to the issuance of the search warrant.
However, law enforcement officers claim to have discovered a rifle, prescription pills and approximately 1 ounce of methamphetamine during the search. The man now faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of a controlled substance. Despite these charges, the case reportedly remains under investigation.
Those facing gun and weapons charges in Texas are often unsure of their legal options. They are likely aware that they have certain rights provided by the U.S. Constitution, but many may not know exactly what these protections are or how to recognize unlawful treatment. Even if they suspect they were treated unlawfully, it may be difficult to determine how to address this treatment. Fortunately, there are experienced criminal defense attorneys who can help defendants fully understand the options available to them as well as ensure they are treated lawfully throughout the process.