Arlington, Texas: Weapons Charge Attorneys
There are many different kinds of weapons law violations in Texas, some of which can happen to otherwise law-abiding citizens. At Ball & Hase, our lawyers are experienced in defending clients who are charged with misdemeanor or felony weapons charges. Weapons charges can sometimes result in Federal charges being pursued.
Examples of weapons charges include:
- Carrying a handgun without a handgun license
- Possession of an illegal weapon, such as certain types of knives, brass knuckles, clubs, explosives, pipe bombs and incendiary devices
- Carrying a handgun into an airport
- Carrying a gun into a bar or into a restaurant that served alcohol
- Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
- Violation of new open-carry laws
The immediate concerns of the possibility of jail or prison time are closely followed by the collateral consequences of a possible permanent criminal record and loss of handgun licenses. If you have been charged with a weapons offense, you should seek a lawyer's help as soon as possible to assess the strength of the state's case against you. The strength of that case may depend whether the police followed proper procedures to discover and seize the weapon.
Did the police follow proper procedures?
The police need proper reasons to stop and search your car or person. If the search and seizure violated your constitutional rights, your attorney can ask the court to review the actions of police. If the judge agrees that the search and seizure were illegal, the evidence will be excluded and the case will likely be dismissed.
Frequently, if the police search is valid, there may be mitigating circumstances involved in what turns out to be an unlawful possession of a weapon. These mitigating circumstances if properly presented to the authorities can result in less severe dispositions of a criminal charge or investigation.
The sooner you contact a lawyer, the sooner your lawyer can review the strength of the government's case and prepare you a defense. Wes and Don are frequently called on to use their experience with laws related to guns to defend gun owners in cases where those guns were used in self-defense, defense of property or the defense of third persons. The criminal law specialists at Ball & Hase, have been listed as recommended attorneys in firearms cases by Texas Law Shield – Firearms Legal Defense Program.
Free consultation: If you have been charged with a weapons offense in Texas, contact a board-certified criminal defense attorney at Ball & Hase in Arlington. In an emergency, call 817-412-7449. We answer calls 24 hours a day.