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Facing Weapon-Related Charges?
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Austin Weapons Charges Attorneys

Though Texas is a gun-friendly state, it is still fairly easy to find yourself facing weapons charges. Anyone over the age of 18 who is not a felon may possess a firearm. As of January 1, 2016, Texas is an open carry state. However, you must still have a concealed handgun license in order to be allowed to open carry. If you do not, you can face criminal charges. At Smith & Vinson Law Firm, we have the knowledge and the resources to handle all types of weapons charges. Let Austin gun charge lawyers Jarrod Smith and Brad Vinson fight for you.

The State of Texas aggressively prosecutes weapons cases. This is why you need to mount an aggressive defense. The State of Texas is working against you. You need someone working for you. We will work for you. Smith & Vinson Law Firm represents client’s accused of weapons charges in Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Leander, Taylor, Hutto and all around the Central Texas area. Contact us now for a free consultation at (512) 359-3743.

Types of Offenses

Some of the most common weapons offenses include:

  • Illegally possessing or carrying a weapon
    • Unlawful possession of a weapon
    • Felon in possession of a weapon
    • Unlawful possession in a weapons-free zone
  • Unlawfully selling a weapon
  • Improperly discharging a gun
  • Using a weapon in the commission of a crime
    • Threat with a deadly weapon
    • Assault with a deadly weapon
    • Aggravated assault

When You Need a License

You are allowed to do certain things without having to obtain a license. These include carrying a weapon to your vehicle to transport it and carrying a weapon in your home. For most other situations, you need a license before you can carry a weapon. The term “weapon” includes firearms, knives with blades more than 5 ½ inches long, and clubs.

Penalties

The type of penalty you will be facing depends on things such as the type of weapon involved, whether you were using it or merely carrying it, and whether you were committing another crime. Some examples include:

  • It is a Class A Misdemeanor to possess a switchblade knife or brass knuckles
  • It is a Third-Degree Felony to possess any other prohibited weapon
  • It is a Class A Misdemeanor to give or sell a gun to a person who isn’t allowed to have one
  • It is a Class C Misdemeanor to leave a loaded gun where a child can access it
  • It is a Class A Misdemeanor to illegally carry a weapon without a license
  • It is a Third-Degree Felony to do so at a polling place on election day, a court, a school, or a racetrack
  • Even if you have a license, it is a Class A Misdemeanor to carry a weapon at a church, hospital, amusement park, a government meeting, or a sporting event
  • It is always a Third-Degree Felony to carry a weapon at a business licensed to sell alcohol where 51% of their money comes from the sale of alcohol
  • It is a Class B Misdemeanor to fire a gun in public. If you do so within the city limits of a city or town that has a population of 100,000 or more, it is a Class A Misdemeanor
  • It is a First-Degree Felony to use a gun (whether you fire it or not) during the commission of a violent crime

The Constitution guarantees our right to bear arms, particularly in Texas. However, this right has been limited in many ways in order to protect the safety of the public. If you are facing a weapons charge, you need a lawyer who knows your rights and can aggressively defend them in court. Call Smith & Vinson Law Firm today and let us fight for you.

Aggressive Austin Trial Lawyers

If you have been arrested or charged with a weapons offense in Austin, Travis County, Williamson County, Hays County, or any of the surrounding areas in Texas contact Smith & Vinson Law Firm.

At Smith & Vinson Law Firm, we take your weapons charges seriously and fight to protect your constitutional rights. Jarrod Smith and Brad Vinson are aggressive trial lawyers that will fight for you from day one to get the best possible resolution for your case.

Contact our office today for a free initial consultation. Call the firm today at (512) 359-3743.

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    “Jarrod has all the qualities you need in a good lawyer: he's smart, diligent, thorough and fair. He will keep you informed about your case. I wouldn't hesitate to hire him if I got in trouble and needed a lawyer.”

    Kenneth

  • Professional representation at its best!

    “First and foremost, I would like to thank Brad and Jarrod for handling my case. Both of these men represented with much professionalism and didn't at all treat me like a criminal. At times I was skeptical since I was facing so much uncertainty. Both men obviously could not predict the outcome of things, but assured me that they will work hard for me. They sure kept their promise on that! Both men took the time to get to know me and my situation before designing a plan to represent me. When I was in doubt with much fear they reassured me that "things will be all right". I am grateful for the representation both men have provided me and without hesitation I would speak volumes of their service. Thank you so much!”

    Victor

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    “When I was charge with my DWI case, my son was able to attain Mr. Smith's number. From the moment I spoke with him I was certain I had found the right person to represent me. Mr. Smith was able to explain in detail what we were facing and what to expect. He kept in touch through the whole procedure and was able to walk me through every procedure that I needed to follow. I feel very satisfied with the results, Jarrod is a very trust-worthy person, I personally, highly recommend him. He was even able to help out with went as fast as to work on the payments without any hesitation.”

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  • Dedicates due diligence and passion to every element of each issue.

    “Brad is such a joy to work with. I have consulted with Brad on many criminal issues in the past. He dedicates due diligence and passion to every element of each issue. He likes to see that defendants are treated fairly and does everything in his power to arrive at the best possible resolution. Anyone that has Brad on their side can take comfort in knowing that all avenues to good solution will be exhausted.”

    PJ

  • He's a real lawyer!

    “A civil issue arose in Austin with a family member. We sought the advice of a well named Austin attorney. This unnamed attorney provided egregious legal advice. In court, a lifetime civil injunction was ruled by the judge on this non-criminal civil issue. Once learning of this judgement we immediately started looking for another attorney and found Brad Vinson, with Smith and Vinson. Simply put, Brad had this entire debacle reversed and a new judgement set for what is customarily ruled in similar cases. It didn't take long either. I only wish we had called Brad first. He's a real lawyer!”

    David

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