Austin Weapons Charges Attorney
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Owning a gun in the state of Texas is a privilege and constitutional right. In order to enforce the responsibility of gun ownership and protect the safety of its citizens, the state of Texas takes weapons charges very seriously. The Law Office of Channing Neary has a record of successfully representing clients in the Austin area charged with various weapons-related offenses and can provide you with the aggressive defense that your case needs.
Types of Weapons Offenses
The type of weapons charge is determined by the details surrounding your arrest. The types of charges that can be brought against you for a weapons violation include the following:
- Illegal possession of a weapon;
- Assault with a weapon;
- Violating the conceal and carry gun laws;
- Threatening use of a weapon;
- Illegally selling weapons;
- Felon in possession of a weapon;
- Unlawful use or possession of a weapon at an airport/school/voting site;
- Aggravated assault;
…and other various weapons-related charges that can be brought for illegal use and possession.
Prohibited Weapons in Texas
It is important to note that weapons charges extend beyond firearm law, and along with certain illegal uses of firearms, specific weapons are also prohibited in the state of Texas. This means that the mere possession can lead to weapons charges. Except as antiques in certain circumstances, the following weapons are illegal to own:
- Brass knuckles;
- Zip guns (improvised handguns);
- Switchblade knives;
- Machine guns;
- Explosives (hand grenades or bombs);
- Rifles with barrels less than 16 inches in length; and
- Shotguns with barrels less than 18 inches in length.
Texas Weapon Law
Texas regulates the use of weapons in the state through a variety of laws, including its gun carry laws and gun permit laws, in addition to its list of prohibited weapons. Chapter 46 of the Texas Penal Code dictates the majority of the law regarding weapons and firearms.
The consequences of a weapons charge can be very serious. Penalties range from Class A misdemeanors that carry up to one year in jail and a substantial fine, to 1st degree felonies that could mean that you spend the rest of your life in prison. The potential consequences of a weapons charge can also include the following:
- Prison sentences;
- Significant fines;
- Permanent criminal record;
- Court costs;
- Loss of firearm privileges;
- Loss of job;
- Loss of parental rights or child custody;
…and other penalties that can permanently alter the rest of your life.
An Austin Weapons Defense Attorney Can Help
A weapons charge is a serious offense that can affect your freedom as well as your future right to own a firearm. If you or someone that you know is being charged with a weapons offense in Austin, call The Law Office of Channing Neary at (512) 960-2340 or contact the office online today. Your reputation, family, livelihood, and future are at stake when faced with these types of serious charges, and our office promises to provide you with the dedicated and zealous defense that your case deserves.
Don't leave your future up to chance. Call the defense lawyer who is passionate about your freedom. Call Channing Neary at 512-769-2371.