If you are facing weapons charges in Williamson County and the surrounding areas of Cedar Park and Round Rock, the first thing you should do is contact an attorney who understands the language of the law and is able to fight for you and your individual case.
Although the State of Texas has fairly liberal gun laws, you could face felony charges if you are found guilty of violating Texas gun and weapons laws.
Texas law, in part, defines weapons as:
Illegally possessing a weapon can range from a Class A misdemeanor to a first-degree felony depending on many factors including your criminal history and the elements of the weapons charges against you. This is why you need the expertise of The Jackson Law Firm. They know the law and they can determine the strategy that best fits your individual case. They will fight to secure the best possible outcome for you.
Beginning January 1st, 2016, Texas became an open-carry state but it is still illegal to carry a firearm without a license to carry. There are other reasons that you could be charged with a weapons violation even if you are licensed to carry a firearm.
Federal law prohibits any person convicted of a felony to own or carry a firearm for any reason or purpose for the remainder of their lives. This also applies to anyone who has ever been dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces of any branch, as well as any person who is an illegal alien.
There are other stipulations set forth by Texas State laws regarding who may apply for a concealed weapons permit. The following are just some of the requirements necessary to obtain a license:
Possessing an illegal weapon and using that illegal weapon are different matters and subject to different penalties, and using a weapon to commit a violent crime will automatically increase any penalties.
There are certain places where it is illegal to carry a firearm. The following are just a few examples of prohibited areas:
There are also weapons transport violations, weapons sales violations and a host of other charges relating to weapons that might apply to a case.
The outcome of each case and the possible penalties that are invloved varies case to case, but the following are possible penalties as set forth by the law:
Class A Misdemeanors are the more common type cases and violations of Class A misdemeanors can carry penalties of up to one year in jail and-or fines of up to $4000.
The possession or use of a firearm during the commission of any crime intensifies the penalty and sentencing guidelines. Only an attorney can determine the penalties you face and devise the defense strategy to get you the least possible sentence and penalty in your case.
There are various ways someone can be accused of violating weapons laws and these are serious charges. Each case is unique and will vary depending on different elements present in the details and facts. If you are facing weapons charges, call the law offices of the Jackson Family Law Firm today. We serve all of Williamson County, including Cedar Park and Round Rock
State of Texas Penal Code. (2017). TITLE 10. OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY, AND MORALS, CHAPTER 46. WEAPONS. Retrieved from http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.46.htm
Texas Department of Public Safety – Regulatory Services Division. (2017). License To Carry A Handgun. Retrieved from https://txapps.texas.gov/txapp/txdps/ltc/