Guns and Weapons Charges
The Huston Firm is committed to defending those accused of violating Texas gun and weapons law. Guns and weapons charges are serious offenses in the state of Texas resulting in either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the degree of the crime. The penalties entail jail time, fines, and other consequences. These cases demand the guidance of a professional, experienced defense attorney.
We understand that protecting your rights is of paramount importance as is having an aggressive, knowledgeable Fort Worth attorney on your side. If you are charged with any of the following guns and weapons crimes or others, call The Huston Firm immediately:
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Unlawfully carrying a weapon
- Using a weapon in a threatening manner
- Concealed guns or firearms at public places like an airport
- Concealed handgun license violations
- Being a felon in a possession of a firearm
- Illegal sale of a weapon
- Use of a weapon in self-defense
An aggravated assault charge like these listed above can carry some of the most serious consequences possible in the state of Texas. These include life in prison. Remember, you do not need to use the firearm or mention it. Simply having it on you or within reach during an assault can result in an aggravated charge. This is why you need to take all possible assault charges so very seriously in the state of Texas.
- This is especially true if the charges against you are false. Those falsely accuse often assume their innocence needs no defense. However, if there is any kind of physical contact made, or what some may interpret as the hint of it, the prosecution can try to argue in a court of law this constitutes assault. The circumstances, even if you are innocent, may not be to your favor. The Huston Firm is a reputable, thorough, and experienced criminal defense firm that is proud to represent those who stand accused of aggravated assault and firearm related criminal charges in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth Area.
Weapons Charges Resulting from Encounters with Law Enforcement Officers in the state of Texas
In many cases, possessing a weapon during an encounter with an officer of the law in the state of Texas can result in a weapons charge. If the officer has reason to believe or otherwise decides that they believe the weapon in your possession is one you should not have, your rights are at risk.
This decision can be made for a number of reasons you may not be aware of, including the weapon’s classification, if the place you are current prohibits weapons, if they suspect you improperly discharged the firearm in question, or if they suspect the weapon was or may be used to aid the committing of a crime.
Weapons that are illegal to possess in Fort Wort and the state of Texas
The following are illegal for anyone in the state of Texas to knowingly or intentionally possess, manufacture, transport, repair, or sell:
- Explosive devices (bombs)
- Machine Guns
- Short Barrel Firearms (“Sawed off”)
- Firearm Silencer
- Brass Knuckles or other “Knuckles”
- A device for dispensing chemicals
- Zip Guns
- Armor-Piercing Ammunition
- Tire Deflation Devices
On this list, the possession of knuckles results in a Class A misdemeanor. An illegal possession of a tire deflation device will result in a state jail felony. All other weapons on this list will result in a third-degree felony charge which can result in 10 years in a state prison.
Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm in the Fort Worth area and the State of Texas
Unless you own a concealed handgun license, it is illegal for you to carry a concealed handgun in the state of Texas. However, there are a few circumstances where this may be allowed. For example, a weapon can be carried in a car without being in plain view. These concealed carry laws pertain to other weapons as well, not just guns. The other weapons this extends to includes clubs, any illegal knives, and those with a blade longer than 5½ inches.
The unlawful carrying of a weapon is considered a Class A misdemeanor charge in the state of Texas. It can carry with it up to a year in jail as well as a $4000 fine for a first offense. These penalties can be increased if you are charged bringing the weapon into a place where it is prohibited, resulting in a felony charge.
Taking a weapon into a prohibited space like a school, office, airport, business that sells alcohol, court house or even a polling place during an election will increase the charge from a Class A misdemeanor into a felony that carries with it penalties such as 2 – 10 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
You should seek legal counsel right away if facing such charges as you may be able to seek probation or deferred adjudication. Your strongest defense will come from an experienced, reputable, and diligent local attorney who knows the court system where you will be tried and is familiar with the officers and prosecutors who will be handling your case.
Seek Experienced, Professional Representation
The repercussions of a weapons criminal conviction will have a lasting effect on your life and future. Turn to experienced defense attorney G. Dewayne Huston. Our firm will assess your unique case and develop a comprehensive strategy to strongly defend your rights, freedom, and reputation.