Rights of Convicted Felons in Texas

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The Right to Vote

Texas is one of 18 states that restores a convicted felon's right to vote immediately after the completion of the incarceration, supervised parole and supervised probation periods. Felons who receive a pardon for a conviction will also have their voting rights restored immediately.

The Right to Hold Office

Contrary to popular belief, federal law does not preclude a convicted felon from running for or holding public office. However, Texas law prohibits any person convicted of a felony from being a candidate for public office or holding any public office position. Felons who receive a full pardon are eligible to run for office.

Jury Participation

Texas bars convicted felons from serving on a jury.

The Right to Bear Arms

Texas restores the right to bear arms to a convicted felon immediately after the five-year period following the completion of the felon's incarceration, parole and probation. However, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is limited to the felon's residence. In addition, convicted felons are prohibited from owning metal or body armor. Violation of the firearms restriction is a 3rd degree felony.

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