Weapons Charge Defense in Waco, TX
Texas Gun Laws and Other Types of Weapons Charges
The job of a criminal defense firm is to advocate for the accused, protect the accused’s best interests, and make sure that the law enforcement and trial officials involved operate within the law. When you are facing weapons charges, the job is no different. At Blanchard & Thomas, we take criminal defense seriously – particularly your 2nd Amendment Rights.
There are 4 types of weapons charges in Texas, they generally consist of:
- Illegal possession of a weapon
- Using a weapon to make threats
- Assault with a weapon
- Illegal sale or distribution of weapons
If you are arrested for one of the above reasons, you are likely facing misdemeanor or felony charges with varying penalties associated with the severity of your crime. Misdemeanor charges may result in fines up to $4,000 and jail time up to one year. Felony charges are punishable with 2-99 years in prison and fines up to $10,000 depending on the crime committed. If you are accused of using a weapon to commit another criminal offense, the penalties can increase dramatically.
Items Considered Weapons in Texas
Public knowledge typically associates guns with a weapon charge, but there are other items that may be considered weapons punishable by Texas law. The following are just a few:
- Firearm silencers
- Explosive objects
- Zip guns
- Machine guns
- Short barrel firearms
- Armor piercing ammunition
- Switchblade knives
- Knives with blade over 51/2 inches
- Hoax bombs
- Chemical dispensing devices
Regardless of which weapon your charge involves, you are going to need the help of a strong defense team. The evidence in your case, the witness statements, and the weapon itself will play a huge factor in your case, as will the skill of your lawyer. A conviction tarnishes not only your criminal record but your life outside of your cell. Housing opportunities, career opportunities, and often your reputation will be affected negatively if convicted. Don’t risk it.
Weapons Charge Defense You Can Count On
Carrying a weapon in Texas is a privilege that many residents exercise, but if you do not meet the requirements to carry, you are risking arrest, charges, and your freedom. Weapons charges are a serious matter warranting immediate action on the part of the accused. If you do not hire an attorney, you are risking facing the legal process alone, without the knowledge and experience that an attorney offers. Place your defense in the capable, experienced hands of defense attorneys at Blanchard & Thomas. Our team is dedicated to giving our clients a fair chance and we work hard to reach favorable results in every case.
We serve at the clients’ pleasure. If for any reason whatsoever the client decides he/she is better off with a different attorney or law firm, we will respectfully and professionally do whatever we can to get the new attorney or law firm up to speed and ready to handle the case. We vow to never object to a client’s request to seek alternative counsel, and we promise to return 100% of any unearned advance payments.
We play to win. While we cannot guarantee outcomes in any case, we always do our best to see that our clients come out on top. We want our clients to know without question that their success matters to us more than their payments.
We play hard, we play fast, and we stick to the game plan. We work with every client to develop a strategy most likely to bring about their success. We work hard to ensure the strategy gives our client every advantage possible and their very best chance at success. We then implement that strategy as quickly and efficiently as possible.
We make a commitment to communication. We begin and end many of our days communicating with clients. Our clients can count on us to return phone calls and/or e-mail within 24 hours except in emergencies or during announced absences from the office. We want our clients to always know what we know and vice-versa, and overcome them.
While the attorney client relationship may not always result in friendship, we believe it should always result in mutual respect. We zealously advocate on our clients’ behalf whether we agree with their choices or not. We do not judge our client’s choices; we simply attempt to help them learn from them, live with them, and overcome them.
We build our relationships upon a foundation of total honesty. Absolute honesty allows the client and the attorney to develop trust that will be absolutely critical to success in and out of the courtroom.