Weapons Charge Criminal Defense Lawyer
Criminal offenses involving weapons or firearms in the Houston area are harshly prosecuted warranting a in-depth review by the criminal defense lawyer representing you on the case.
Some of the offenses involving illegal possession of weapons that you can be criminally charged for in the State of Texas could be illegally carrying a firearm, discharging a gun in an unsafe manner, brandishing, firing, or making threats using a weapon during the act of another criminal offense.
Its very easy to be saddled with a felony charge when there is a firearm involved.
Although the Harris County District Attorney’s Office militantly prosecutes weapon and firearm offenses in Houston, not all those cases are felonies nor should they be prosecuted a such.
This is why when you’re arrested by a law enforcement agency and accused of a criminal offense involving a weapon you should get your criminal defense lawyer involved as soon as you bond out, or before you are released from jail if possible.
Why? The lawyer working on your defense will need to comb through any Houston police reports, criminal allegations, and evidence.
Weapons Declared Illegal By The State of Texas
Although weapons other than firearms may be easy to overlook, there are more to weapons than guns as far as the Texas Penal Code is concerned. You could be arrested and charged with a weapons offense by using or misusing anything from a tomahawk, spear, or sword, to tire deflation devices.
For more information as it relates to weapon laws in Texas, visit the link below.
The Texas Penal Code orders some weapons illegal, however, in some cases, antiques and other select weapons may be allowed, or exempted.
In the spirit of clarity, we’ve listed some weapons, or forms of weaponry, that are definitely illegal.
- 3rd Degree Felony – Make-shift pistols which are often referred to as zip guns.
- Misdemeanor – Switchblades and Brass Knuckles, Night sticks, Black Jacks, Swords, Spears, Bowie Knives, Knives w/blades over 5 1/2″.
- Misdemeanor – Selling or giving a to a convicted felon, or an intoxicated party.
- 3rd Degree Felony – Sawed off shotguns (Shotguns with barrels measuring less than 18″ in length), Rifles with barrels measuring less than 16″ in length, any rifle or shotgun modified to measure less than 26″ in length.
- 3rd Degree Felony – Machine Guns
- 3rd Degree Felony – Rockets, Rocket Launchers, Plastic Explosives, Bazookas, Grenades, Bombs, and other explosive weapons.
- 3rd Degree Felony & Misdemeanors – You can also be charged for giving illegal weapons, explosives, or firearms to another party, or allowing a child access to (if someone is killed), or illegally giving someone a legally owned weapon or firearm.
- Class A Misdemeanor – Up to 1 year county time, and fines up to 4,000.00.
- 3rd Degree Felony – 2 – 10 years TDC and fines up to 10,000.00.
Keep in mind that it’s also illegal to possess a firearm if you’ve been convicted of any felony, or misdemeanor domestic violence crime for at least five years after you completed any prison sentence and/or probationary period. Talk with a criminal defense lawyer to learn more about the particular legal details as it relates to your personal situation.
Houston Gun Crimes Criminal Defense Lawyer
A person doesn’t have to have a concealed carry license to lawfully have in their possession a firearm in some cases, and there are also different criminal penalties depending on the usage of a firearm, and the place in which the person who is in possession of a firearm is located (Example: Schools or a place where alcohol is being sold).
There are even different sets of criminal laws related to having in your possession of a firearm during the commission of a non-violent criminal act.
The experience of criminal prosecution, arrest, and being accused of a criminal offense in Houston is not a pleasant experience by any stretch of the imagination. Any hardened felon or criminal defense lawyer in Houston will tell you this.
Use the contact page or call 713-228-4607 if you are facing an upcoming battle with the State of Texas. You’ll need, and benefit from, having at your side the legal representation of an experienced, Texas board certified, specialist criminal defense lawyer like Jack B. Carroll.