Getting charged with illegal possession of a gun or other weapon in Texas can have severe consequences. Whether you’re facing a misdemeanor or felony charge, you need to take prompt action to defend yourself from the charges.
Read on to learn more about how to fight a gun charge with the help of a Dallas criminal defense lawyer.
The state of Texas in recent years has moved to adopt an open-carry system for gun-owners in the state. The catch is that the state still requires you to have a concealed carry permit in order to legally keep your gun on you in most instances.
Illegally carrying a gun is Class A misdemeanor. However, illegal carry taking place at a school, bar, the polls on election day, or a courthouse, the offense becomes a felony in the third degree.
There are also guns that have been outlawed altogether. Weapons such as sawed-off shotguns, machine guns, homemade guns and grenades are illegal under any circumstances. Getting caught with any of these weapons could also lead you to be charged with a third-degree felony.
The defense strategy you choose when facing a gun charge will depend on the nature of the arrest and the type of charges you’re facing.
Most of the time, in the state of Texas, gun charges are filed as the result of coming into contact with a police officer. A classic example of this is when you are stopped by an officer, either for committing some sort of traffic violation or passing through a checkpoint.
If illegal gun charges are filed as the result of a search of your car or motor vehicle, some of the common defenses you can use include:
These are just a few defenses a lawyer could help you develop in response to a gun charge. If you’ve been arrested, don’t wait to contact an experienced gun charge lawyer with Chris Lewis & Associates P.C. today.
Have you been charged with a gun-related charge in Texas? Don’t wait—let a qualified attorney go over with your legal options with you as soon as possible.
Contact Chris Lewis & Associates P.C. now by calling 214-984-3113 or by filling out the form on our website.