Collin County Lawyer for Weapons Charges
Criminal Defense Attorney for Clients Charged with Gun and Firearms Offenses in Dallas, Fort Worth and Plano
The Crowder Law Firm P.C. has successfully managed criminal cases involving numerous offenses for more than 20 years. If you have been charged with a weapons offense, we can help you build a responsible, aggressive defense against these accusations.
Attorney Darlina Crowder has secured more than 250 not-guilty verdicts and acquittals for her clients during her distinguished career as a criminal defense attorney. She knows how to handle even the most complicated legal scenarios including complex weapons charges.
Types of Weapons Charges in Texas
Firearms and other weapons are subject to strict regulation under Texas law. Criminal charges related to improper weapons use can include:
- Unlawful possession of a firearm ("UPF");
- Unlawful carrying of weapons ("UCW");
- Unlawful carrying of a handgun by a license holder;
- Making a firearm accessible to a child;
- Firearm smuggling;
- Unlawful possession of metal or body armor by a felon;
- Trespass by a license holder with a concealed handgun or an openly carried handgun;
- Taking or attempting to take a weapon from a peace officer;
- Possession of a deadly weapon in a penal institution;
- Discharge of a firearm in certain municipalities;
- Unlawful transfer of certain weapons;
- Possession of components of explosives; and
- Hoax bombs.
There are also some weapons which are illegal to own or possess. You may face criminal penalties for prohibited weapons violations for possessing the following weapons:
- Firearm silencers;
- Explosive weapons;
- Machine guns;
- Short-barrel guns;
- Armor-piercing ammunition;
- Chemical weapons;
- Zip guns and tire deflation devices; and
- Improvised explosive devices.
The Presence of Weapons Can Cause Other Criminal Charges to be Enhanced
For many crimes in Texas, the presence of a firearm or other weapon during the alleged commission of the crime can cause the criminal charges you face to be enhanced to a more serious crime. For example, simple assault is generally a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to a year in jail in Texas. However, if the defendant used or exhibited a deadly weapon during the assault, the charge is enhanced to aggravated assault. Aggravated assault is a felony offense which may be punished by up to 20 years' incarceration. If you are facing criminal charges and you allegedly used a weapon during the offense, you could face much harsher penalties.
Dallas County Attorney for Federal Weapons Charges
While weapons charges are certainly serious when they are handled at the state level, the situation becomes even more so when federal agencies and prosecutors get involved. Entities like the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) often spend months investigating instances of suspected weapons trafficking, smuggling, or stockpiling before any arrests are made. Investigations by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) could also result in federal weapons charges, in addition to federal drug charges.
At our firm, we are fully equipped to help you defend against weapons charges filed in federal court. We understand that a conviction on federal charges can lead to extremely severe penalties, and we have the tools and resources to assist you in securing a favorable outcome.
Zealous Legal Defense for Clients Facing Weapons Charges
If you have been charged with a crime related to weapons, you may face serious criminal penalties including prison time. It is imperative that you speak with a lawyer whenever you have been accused of a violent crime. Talking to law enforcement without a lawyer present means that there is no one on your side making sure your rights are protected. You may be misled into saying something incriminating to police if you do not have an attorney present during police questioning. The experienced team of professionals at The Crowder Law Firm P.C. know what to expect when it comes to weapons charges and we can help you prepare the best defense possible against these charges.
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Contact our office to schedule a confidential, cost-free case review and consultation at The Crowder Law Firm P.C. today. Call 214-303-9600 for an appointment. We serve clients in Plano, Dallas, Fort Worth, Garland, Denton, Tarrant County, Collin County, Grayson County, and the surrounding areas. Se habla Español.