Firearms & Weapons

In Texas, a weapons offense can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances and the type of weapon involved. A person can be charged with a weapons offense for a number of acts, including the use, possession, sale or distribution of weapons.

Potential Deadly Weapons Charges

Although most people associate a weapons offense with firearms or guns, almost anything can be classified as a deadly weapon if it is used to cause serious injury or death. 

This may include:

  • A club or baton
  • Brass knuckles
  • Knives
  • Guns
  • Pipe bombs
  • Devices that dispense chemicals

In addition, weapons charges can arise in a number of scenarios, such as:

  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of an Illegal Weapon
  • Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon (UCW)
  • Distribution or Sale of Illegal Weapons 

When you are charged with a firearms or weapons offense, you may be facing serious legal consequences. That is why it is so important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after being arrested.  A Dallas firearms defense attorney, such as the Law Office of Chad West, can protect your legal rights, strategize with you over options on your defense and negotiate a potential outcome if possible, that could lead to reduction or dismissal of the charges.  

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Weapons Used in Violent Crimes

Firearms or weapons charges can also arise in situations where they are used to commit a violent crime, such as domestic violence, assault or murder.  In Texas, using a weapon to commit an assault or other act of violence against another person can elevate the charges against you, resulting in greater jail time or penalties.  For example, if a  weapon such as a gun or knife was used to threaten a romantic partner, it may enhance the charge to a more serious felony with the possibility of a longer jail sentence.  

At the Law Offices of Chad West, if you are charged with any violent crime using a weapon, we will explain the specific charge to you, along with all possible penalties.  We will work with you to determine if there are any defenses to the charges under Texas law, and will develop an aggressive legal defense strategy to protect your freedom.  

Firearms Defense Attorneys in Dallas, Texas

If you have been charged with any offense related to firearms or a weapon, including a violent crime using a deadly weapon, you will need expert legal counsel on your side.  Contact the Law Office of Chad West today to learn more about how we can help you.