Texas criminal laws pertaining to weapons can be complicated and confusing. Unlawful possession of a weapon is a criminal offense, but police can use the same statutes to increase the penalties for other criminal charges, such as assault or theft offenses, when a weapon is used to commit them. You may lawfully possess a weapon, but taking it into a school, the airport, or the county courthouse could result in weapons charges.
A felony or misdemeanor weapons charge can expose you to the risk of imprisonment. It also can result in a criminal record with lifetime consequences. When facing weapons charges, you want an attorney defending you whose experience and knowledge gives you the best chance to avoid a conviction.
Weapons Charges Are Not Limited to Firearms
The law identifying the types of objects classified as weapons is so broad that you might violate the law without realizing it. The following are only a few of the objects that section 46.01 of the Texas Penal Code classifies as weapons:
- Explosive devices made or designed to inflict bodily harm
- Fake explosive devices
- Zip gun
- Knives with blades over 5.5 inches
Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon Offense
For those without a legal carry permit, Texas Penal Code §46.02 makes it a crime to intentionally, recklessly, or knowingly own a club or a handgun unless you are at home or other location you own or control. You are also permitted to carry a handgun or club in your motor vehicle or boat.
The exceptions and limitations to lawfully carrying a weapon can lead to confusion and result in an arrest for weapons charges. For example, if you have a felony conviction on your record, possession of a firearm is unlawful and can result in a weapons charge, even if you are in your own home or motor vehicle.
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Conviction for a weapons charge is either a felony or a misdemeanor with incarceration and substantial fines as some of the penalties. Our Austin weapons charges lawyers use their extensive knowledge of criminal law and courtroom experience to provide superior criminal defense for individuals facing weapons charges in Austin.
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