If you have been accused of a weapon or firearms offense in Mesquite or any of the surrounding areas, you may be feeling scared and overwhelmed at the seriousness of the penalties that you could face. In Texas, a weapons charge can result in serious fines, a possibly permanent criminal record, or the inability to possess or own a weapon in the future. It could even mean prison or jail time.
You have a reason for concern, but you are not alone. The team at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg is here to help. Randall Isenberg has over 30 years of experience in his career as both a former prosecutor and state district judge.
Whether you simply made a mistake or found yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time, our team can quickly mount a defense on your behalf and fight for your rights in court. We are proud of the results we have had in cases similar to yours and are ready to get to work on your case right away. Call us now at (214) 696-9253 for a free, no-risk consultation.
Basic Weapons Laws in Texas
Almost anyone can possess a firearm in Texas as long as you keep a weapon in your home or vehicle and not in plain view. There are, however, restrictions for the type of firearm you can own.
According to the Texas Penal Code Sec. 46.01, you may not possess, transport, repair, manufacture, or sell:
- Machine guns
- Short-barrel guns
- Armor-piercing ammunition
The same applies to the following non-firearm weapons:
- Clubs, including tomahawks, nightsticks, mace, or black jackets
- Explosive devices
- Switchblades or other illegal knives
- Zip guns
- Brass knuckles
- Chemical dispensing devices
- Hoax bombs
Types of Weapons Offenses and Possible Penalties
While many weapons offenses can result in only a Class A or B misdemeanor charge under Texas Penal Code, these penalties can still result in up to six months or a year of jail time and thousands of dollars in fines.
People who are convicted of carrying a tire deflation device face a state jail felony and up to two years in prison with a $10,000 fine. A conviction for possession of a machine gun, short-barrel firearm, explosive weapon, silencer, or armor-piercing ammunition can result in up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The same applies to possession of a gun by a convicted felon.
In cases where there is a conviction for aggravated charges, the defendant can face up to 99 years in prison, as well as a $10,000 fine.
A weapons charge can have serious and life-altering consequences and should not be treated lightly. For a free review of your case or to have a member of our team get started building your case right away, call us now at (214) 696-9253.
How a Weapon Offense Lawyer in Mesquite Can Help Your Claim
If you are facing a weapons charge, a weapon offense lawyer in Mesquite can help protect your rights. Criminal offenses involving firearms are other weapons that can be serious and can result in months or years of imprisonment, significant fines, and possibly even the loss of your right to own a firearm if you are convicted.
Having a legal team on board early in the process, though, can make it easier to gather the necessary evidence related to your claim. They can also provide guidance to help you make an informed decision about your future.
Some specific ways the team at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can help are by:
- Investigating the facts of your case and questioning evidence produced by the prosecution
- Gathering evidence including police reports and witness statements
- Guiding you through every step of the process so you can make informed decisions about your case
If you are currently facing a weapons charge, contact our team right away. The earlier you call, the more time our team will have to build a defense on your behalf. With over 30 years of experience as a former prosecutor and state district judge, Randall Isenberg is committed to standing up for the rights of others. It is his belief that every person accused of a crime is presumed innocent until they are proven guilty. For a free review of your case, contact a weapon offense lawyer in Mesquite now at (214) 696-9253.