Committing a weapon offense can land you in jail or prison, with excessive fines and a permanent criminal record. You may lose key civil rights, including the right to vote, own or possess a firearm, or hold a hunting license.
A weapon offense lawyer in Grand Prairie can protect your legal rights, help you make the right decisions for your future, and fight for the best possible outcome in your case.
Attorney Randall Isenberg brings more than 30 years’ experience to your case, including time spent as a state judge and a chief felony prosecutor. His insight awards him the knowledge and experience to get the job done for you.
Contact the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg today for help: 214-696-9253.
What Constitutes a Firearm Offense in Grand Prairie?
Texas laws allow most residents to own a firearm. The only stipulation is that the weapon cannot be in view. The Texas Penal Code (TPC) details all the weapon laws applicable to Grand Prairie.
Among the weapons, ammunition, and accessories restricted by the TPC are silencers, machine guns, short-barrel firearms, and armor-piercing ammunition. Residents cannot possess these items, nor can they sell, repair, or transport them.
To carry a concealed handgun, you must have a concealed carry license, known as a License to Carry a Handgun (LTC).
If you hold an LTC, you can carry your weapon in most locations, as long as you keep it in a holster.
You cannot, however, carry a concealed firearm into a school, government building, voting location, or airport. You cannot carry a firearm into a prison, bar, hospital, residential care center, church, or amusement park.
If you are a member of a known criminal gang or organization, or if the state has convicted you of a felony, you cannot carry a firearm, whether concealed or not.
What Constitutes a Non-Firearm Weapon Offense in Grand Prairie?
In Grand Prairie and throughout Texas, you will violate the law if you own, sell, transport, repair, or manufacture an explosive device, such as a grenade, rocket, bomb, a fake bomb, brass knuckles, a chemical dispensing device, a zip gun, nightstick, mace, blackjack, or tomahawk.
Although Texas law once prohibited swords, daggers, and blades over five and a half inches, you can now legally possess and carry many of these weapons today, thanks to a recent change in the weapons laws.
What Penalties Will You Face for Weapon Offense in Grand Prairie?
Grand Prairie weapon offenses range from a Class B misdemeanor to a first-degree felony.
However, even low-level offenses and simple weapons violations carry hefty fines and months of jail time.
- Class B misdemeanor Up to 6 months in jail and a $2,000 fine
- Class A misdemeanor Up to 1 year in jail and a $4,000 fine
- State jail felony Up to 2 years in state jail and a $10,000 fine
- Third-degree felony Up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine
- Second-degree felony Up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine
- First-degree felony Up to 99 years in prison and a $10,000 fine
Any aggravating circumstances associated with your crime can quickly elevate the level of the charges and the severity of the penalties.
For example, if you possess a weapon during the commission of a crime, a simple assault becomes aggravated assault, even if you never pull your weapon. All the prosecutor needs to do to up the charges is prove you had the weapon on your person or in your control.
If you have any prior convictions, or if you committed a crime in the proximity of a child, the penalties may increase even further.
Can a Weapon Offense Lawyer in Grand Prairie Help You?
Weapons charges pose a significant threat to your future and your freedom.
A weapon offense lawyer at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg understands the seriousness of your situation. With an intimate knowledge of Texas gun laws, Randall can protect your legal rights and work tirelessly to build a strong case in your defense.
After examining all the evidence in your case, we can identify any potential weaknesses in the evidence, as well as potential violations of your rights.
Using this information, we can negotiate with the prosecutor to reduce or dismiss your charges.
Randall can give you the advice and guidance you need to make informed decisions about your future. If you have criminal record, this becomes even more important — as you could face decades or even life behind bars.
Call a Grand Prairie Weapon Offense Lawyer Today for a Free Consultation
With all that is on the line, an attorney can protect your legal rights and ensure you get a fair chance to fight the charges pending against you. And, even if the prosecutor refuses to consider a reduction in charges, a weapon offense lawyer can build the strongest possible case on your behalf.
With any serious criminal charge, the prosecution must meet a high burden of proof. The Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg will explore every possible opportunity to introduce reasonable doubt into your case.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We will gladly come to you if the police are holding you in custody, to answer your questions and explore your options. Call our office today for help from a weapon offense lawyer in Grand Prairie: 214-696-9253.