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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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  • 110% glad I chose Jarrod to represent and fight for me.

    “Pay them, be honest with them and communicate with them and they will fix your mistake. Plain and simple. Charged 1st DWI offense. Called in. Told them scenario. Worked with payment methods (very important) .I had numerous lawyers to choose from. 110% glad I chose Jarrod to represent and fight for me. Throughout whole process I had the utmost confidence in Mr. Smith and his work. the goal when we first met was to "get the DWI dismissed" and that is exactly what happened. mission accomplished. if you need a DWI removed call jarrod”

    Ronald D.

  • Knows how to help you

    “Jarrod has worked on both sides of the judicial divide, both prosecutor and defender, and is well-positioned to evaluate a client’s chances and recommend what to do about them. I first met when he was Jarrod dedicated and diligent member of South Texas Law Review. He was dedicated because he volunteered as an assistant editor-in-chief. He was diligent because he pitched in during semester breaks. I know Jarrod has the temperament of a great advocate.”

    Benjamin

  • Responded very quickly after I reached out

    “Responded very quickly after I reached out with little notice before court date. Communicated well and case was resolved to my satisfaction. ”

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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

  • Committed & Compassionate

    “Jarrod Smith will commit himself fully to the defense of your case. He is a very compassionate and strong attorney. This coupled with his confidence in the courtroom let you know that you are being represented well by an attorney who cares about your case.”

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