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Do I Need a Criminal Law Attorney for Weapons Charges?

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Facing weapons charges for the illegal possession or discharging of a firearm can result in serious legal consequences. At both a state and federal level, a weapons charge conviction might result in fines, incarceration and a criminal record. If you find yourself facing charges in McKinney or across North Texas, you will want a criminal law attorney by your side.

How Can a Criminal Law Attorney Help Someone Facing Weapons Charges?

Understanding state and federal laws regarding firearms and other weapons is a complex task. Your rights in Texas and nationally will depend on several factors, including the type of weapon in question, whether weapons are prohibited in a certain location – and if you have been prohibited from carrying a weapon. A criminal law attorney will advise and represent you throughout the legal process.

The consequences of a criminal charge could involve the revocation of your right to carry a weapon, and even lead to more severe repercussions. Therefore, your attorney will fight to protect your legal rights and mount a defense to bring a favorable verdict.

What Are the Consequences of Weapons Charges in Texas?

A key factor to know about Texas gun laws is the potential penalties you could face. Recent Texas law changes removed the need to have a license to carry a gun in public places. However, there are still many laws you need to consider.

Examples of Texas State Weapons Charges

  • A person who has been convicted of a felony in the past, and who has been caught carrying a firearm would face third-degree felony charges. This could result in 2 to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
  • Giving a gun to a convicted felon is a Class A misdemeanor, with a possible maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
  • Firing a gun in a public place is often charged as a Class B misdemeanor, and could result in a maximum of 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.
  • Committing robbery with a firearm may be charged as a first-degree felony. This sentence could come with a possible minimum 5-year term and maximum of life imprisonment (with a possible $10,000 fine).

Examples of Federal Weapons Charges

If you find yourself facing federal charges, it’s important to have an experienced criminal law attorney to advise you. Federal charges are often initiated because the alleged crime took place on federal property, such as a national park. Examples of federal weapons charges include the following.

  • Selling guns without a license – could result in a 5-year federal prison sentence.
  • Selling guns to a convicted felon or selling explosives (grenades for example) – can carry up to 10 years in federal prison.
  • Carrying a machine gun without a specific license can result in a possible 10 years in federal prison.

We Provide Legal Representation for Weapons Charges

Do you need advice and representation for weapons charges? Our experienced criminal law attorneys can assist with weapons charges, traffic offenses, drug charges and other cases. Call Lucé Law, PC today at (972) 632-1300, or request a free legal consultation online.

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