Possession of Illegal Firearm Defense — Houston, Galveston, League City, Texas
Texas has a reputation as a gun-friendly state. But you still run afoul of the law when carrying–or using–a firearm. Texas law prohibits many people, notably those previously convicted of felonies, from possessing weapons. Even individuals permitted to carry a handgun on their person must adhere to certain restrictions. And of course, if you are charged with a serious felony involving the use of a firearm or other deadly weapon, you may face enhanced penalties if convicted at trial.
At the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates, we know how to handle all types of weapons charges. Prosecutors in Harris and Galveston counties take crimes involving the use of weapons quite seriously. They may use the threat of a weapons “enhancement” to secure a quick plea agreement from a frightened defendant. Our experienced Houston weapons charges lawyers will help ensure the government does not steamroll you into admitting your guilt. We are prepared to aggressively defend your rights at trial.
When Is It Illegal to Possess a Weapon in Houston?
There are some weapons you simply cannot legally possess for any reason. Among the “prohibited weapons” in Texas:
- Armor-Piercing Ammunition
- Brass Knuckles
- Chemical Dispensing Devices
- Tire Deflation Devices
- Zip Guns
Additionally, it is illegal to possess explosive weapons, machine guns, short-barreled firearms, or firearm silencers unless they are properly registered with federal authorities or are considered historic relics. As for legal weapons like handguns and knives, you need to be aware of places where such items are prohibited. For example, it is illegal to bring a handgun onto the grounds of a public school or an airport, even if you have a carry permit.
There are also certain categories of people who may not legally carry a handgun. Notably, federal law prohibits anyone convicted of felony from possessing a firearm. This means you can face state and federal criminal charges if you are a felon in possession of a firearm, even if you do not use the weapon to commit another crime. It is also against the law to possess a stolen or altered firearm of any kind.
What Happens If a Weapon Is Used to Commit a Crime in Houston?
As noted above, Texas prosecutors often seek weapons-related enhancements to felony charges. This can include standalone charges such as unlawful discharge of a firearm, as well as possessing or using a weapon during the commission of another offense. For instance, if a person is caught selling drugs while merely carrying a handgun, that can lead to harsher criminal penalties than a normal drug charge.
This is why you need to take any kind of weapons charge seriously. The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates assists clients in Houston, Galveston, and League City who are facing the prospect of a felony conviction because of the illegal possession and use of a weapon. Let us help you. Contact us today at (281) 280-0100 to schedule a consultation.
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