Firearms and Texas Law
With some restrictions, Texas allows open carry of a rifle or shotgun in specific circumstances. You can carry the gun in your home or on property that you control (such as your business) and while en route to or operating your motor vehicle or watercraft. Firearms must be carried in a shoulder or belt holster, and must remain hidden from plain view within a vehicle.
Even if you have a license to carry (LTC), you are prohibited from possessing a gun in numerous locations. These include the premises of a school, church, bar, amusement park, courthouse, or the secured area of an airport. Carrying a weapon while intoxicated is illegal.
Many people are prohibited from possessing any type of weapon, including those with a recent felony conviction or a record of family violence. Some weapons, such as automatic machine guns, sawed-off shotguns, switchblades, and explosives, are illegal under any circumstance.
Fighting a Weapons Charge
Charges for weapons offenses in Texas may range from a Class A misdemeanor to a third degree felony. In many cases, the stakes are high, with potential penalties including incarceration, fines, and long-term restrictions on your personal freedom. Conviction for even a misdemeanor weapons offense can profoundly impact your professional and personal life.
With years of courtroom experience as both a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, Jason Trumpler has a thorough understanding of Texas weapons laws.
Criminal defense lawyer Jason Trumpler defends all types of weapons charges, including:
- Possession of an illegal firearm
- Conceal and carry license violations
- Unlawful carrying of weapons
- Unlawful brandishing or discharging a weapon
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Trafficking in illegal firearms
- Possession of stolen or unregistered weapons
- Felon in possession of a firearm
- Possession of explosive devices
Jason Trumpler uses many effective defenses to protect clients accused of illegal weapons offenses. For example, both the United States and Texas Constitutions prevent unreasonable search and seizure, and illegally obtained evidence may not be used against you. A successful defense can also be mounted around the question of actual possession. The prosecution must prove that you were in possession of the firearm and that you were aware that you had the weapon.
Experience and Dedication
Whatever the specific facts of your case, you can count on Jason Trumplerr to defend you thoughtfully and aggressively. With years of courtroom experience as both a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, he has a thorough understanding of Texas weapons laws.
At Trumpler Law, we take each case very seriously, and work diligently to ensure that our clients receive a just outcome. Our goal is always dismissed charges, but if that is not possible, we can negotiate for a substantial reduction in penalties, or argue your case in court. Our record of results includes many courtroom victories for past clients.
Don’t take a chance with a weapons charge that can impact your personal liberty and reputation. Trumpler Law offers a free consultation, and will provide an honest assessment of your case. Please contact us online or call (512) 457-5200 for immediate assistance.