We live in a world that can sometimes be dangerous, and many of us must commute to work or school through areas that are known to be high in criminal activity. Because of this, quite a few people have learned to carry some sort of weapon to use in self-defense. Also, many Texans also enjoy hunting activities or gun collecting…
However, since the laws that regulate the possession of a gun or firearm can be complex (and also vary from state to state), there are sometimes misunderstandings. People who own and carry guns are sometimes confronted by members of law enforcement and may be charged with some type of weapons offense. If this happens to you, you need to speak with a weapon charges defense attorney, such as one of the experienced legal staff members available at The Law Offices of James Gill, PLLC of Austin, Texas.
What Factors Can Lead to a Weapons Charge?
There are several factors that can lead to a weapons charge. One of them simply involves the possession of any weapon that is not legal to possess. For example, weapons in this category vary from state to state but often include sawed-off shotguns, guns that have large-capacity magazines, or cannon-type guns that deliver an explosive type of ammunition. Since these types of weapons are not usually appropriate for use with self-defense, owning them is against the law unless you have a special license.
Other factors that can lead to a weapons charge include court orders forbidding someone to carry a weapon or the carrying of a weapon by someone who is a fugitive from the law. It is also illegal to have a weapon when you are committing some other crime. For example, you can legally drive in Texas with a firearm, but if you’re in possession of marijuana or driving while intoxicated it’s no longer legal to be in possession of a firearm. In other cases, like a robbery, the charges for that crime become more serious. Using a weapon in any sort of fight is also illegal, and adds more fines or sentencing to any assault and battery charges.
What Are Some Defenses for a Weapons Charge?
There are a few possible defenses that can be used against a weapons charge. One strong defense against a weapons charge is that the gun that is found with its owner was not illegal in the first place. For example, if a certain type of gun could hold a large capacity magazine and is not being carried in public but is shown in a collector’s display case in someone’s home and it isn’t loaded and the owner has no ammunition for it—it may not be illegal, as it is merely part of a collection.
Another possible defense is that a gun that is found with someone actually belongs to someone else. For example, if someone is a passenger in a car and the owner of the car has a gun in the glove compartment for self-defense, if the car is pulled over by the police, the passenger could argue that he doesn’t own the gun and didn’t even know it was there at the time that he was in the vehicle. An experienced defense attorney like one from The Law Offices of James Gill, PLLC can build a defense for you if you’ve been charged with a weapons offense.
Call to Schedule a Consultation with a Weapon Charges Defense Attorney in Austin, Texas Today
If you’ve been charged with a weapons offense, call to schedule a consultation with a weapons charges defense attorney in Austin, Texas today. A weapons charge is a serious offense, and an attorney will know the law to apply in those cases to work with you to manage the case to an advantageous conclusion.
This is not the time to try to sort out the law yourself, where this type of conviction will be a detrimental and life-changing event for you if you’re not represented properly in court proceedings in this scenario. The legal professionals at The Offices of James Gill, PLLC are dedicated to defending your rights. Call us at 512-448-4560 and let us evaluate your case to build the best weapons charges defense for you.