Weapons charges are among the most serious crimes in Plano, TX. If you are facing these charges, our Plano weapons charges attorneys want to fight for you. Our team has successfully defended thousands of clients facing criminal charges similar to yours. When everything is on the line, we know what to do.
Edgett Law Firm lives by the motto that good things happen to bad people. We pride ourselves on defending the rights and freedom of members of our community for over a decade.
Nobody is going to look out for your future except for you. The best thing you can do is invoke your right to remain silent and contact us right away for your free consultation at (972) 424-0760. When you hire us, you aren’t alone anymore — we will have your back.
How Can Edgett Law Firm Help With Weapons Charges in Plano, Texas?
Our Plano weapons charges lawyers have seen good people get caught up in the system time and time again. When it comes to weapons charges, prosecutors are quick to throw the book at you and brand you as a dangerous, violent criminal.
We understand how scary it is to get arrested and charged with serious crimes. We also know how to defend you. Our founding attorney has been recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer and has received the Avvo Client’s Choice award.
When you hire us, you can count on us to:
- Advise you not to talk to investigators
- Send our own investigators to talk to witnesses and find evidence
- Review police actions for constitutional violations
- File motions to suppress evidence
- Take your case to trial
Every case is different. However, we prepare every case for trial because this is the only way to adequately protect your rights. Prosecutors know they can’t play games with us.
Do not make the mistake of thinking that your charges will go away. They won’t; the only thing between you and prison will be your Plano criminal defense lawyer. Call our team in Plano, Texas, right away so we can stand up for your rights and freedom.
What Are Some Common Weapons Charges in Plano?
Weapons charges are very common in Texas, so you are certainly not alone. Unfortunately, most weapons charges are felonies, although there are a few exceptions that are charged as misdemeanors.
Many people facing weapons charges never intended to break the law. Gun laws have become so politicized that most non-lawyers have no idea what is legal and what is actually a serious crime. People think they have 2nd Amendment rights protected by the constitution, but in reality, these rights are far more limited than most realize.
Unfortunately, ignorance of the law is not a valid excuse for breaking the law; everyone is required to follow the law whether they actually know it or not.
Some common gun crimes are:
- Felon in possession of a firearm
- Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon
- Unlawful Transfer of Certain Weapons
- Possession of Prohibited Weapon
- Making a Firearm Accessible to a Child
- Brandishing / Displaying a Firearm
- Unlawful Possession of Body Armor by Felon
- Firearm Smuggling
- Carrying Firearm in Prohibited Place
No matter which weapons charges you are facing in Plano, our team can help. When we are fighting to prove your innocence, we will use every legal tool at our disposal. Your future is too important to risk otherwise.
What are the Penalties for a Weapons Charge in Texas?
Weapons charges in Plano, Texas, are extremely complex. Weapons laws vary greatly from person to person. For example, someone convicted of a felony or a crime of domestic violence has stricter firearm and weapons restrictions than someone without such a record. Having a domestic violence or felony conviction on your record can greatly increase the seriousness of weapons charges.
Conduct that may only be a misdemeanor for someone else can quickly become felony conduct, depending on your unique criminal history. You need to work closely with your criminal defense attorney to determine the severity of the penalties you are facing. The criminal complaint should contain important information about minimum and maximum jail time and fines.
The table below has some common weapons charges and penalties:
|Second Degree Felony||Firearm Smuggling (3+ weapons); |
Felon Unlawfully Carrying Weapon
|5 -20 years for Felon Unlawfully Carrying;|
2-20 years for Firearm Smuggling (3+)
|Up to $10,000 Fine|
|Third Degree Felony||Carrying a Firearm in a Prohibited Place; |
Felon in Possession of a Firearm;
Unlawful Possession of Body Armor by Felon;
Possession of Prohibited Weapon;
Firearm Smuggling (less than 3)
|2 – 10 years prison||Up to $10,000 Fine|
|Class A Misdemeanor||Carrying a Firearm in a Prohibited Place; |
Unlawfully Carrying Weapon;
Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Offender OR gang member in Possession of Firearm;
Unlawful Transfer of Certain Weapons;
Making a Firearm Accessible to a Child Causing Injury;
Brandishing / Displaying a Firearm
|Up to One Year Jail||Up to $4,000 Fine|
|Class C Misdemeanor||Making a Firearm Accessible to a Child; |
Carrying a Location Restricted Knife (except at a school which is a Felony)
|No Jail||Up to $500 Fine|
Edgett Law Firm understands how scary these penalties may seem. We want you to know that we will do everything we can to defend you. While no lawyer can ever guarantee results, we can guarantee we will work tirelessly for a fair result in your case.
In many cases, we can convince prosecutors to drop or reduce charges, perhaps as part of a plea deal. When the state won’t listen to reason, we will be ready to fight for your full acquittal before a jury.
How Can You Defend Against a Weapons Charge?
No two cases are the same, so our team will work closely with you to understand what really happened. Collaborating with you is always the starting point in the fight to prove you are innocent.
Some strategies that may come up in gun and knife crimes include:
- Proving that more than five years have passed since you finished your sentence for a felony or domestic violence crime and you were allowed to possess a weapon
- Showing that police violated your Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches
- Showing that police obtained incriminating statements in violation of your Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination
- Proving that the firearms were not yours
- Showing that the state cannot prove intent or another element of the crime
When defending any case, a good Texas criminal defense lawyer will try to do two things. First, they should try to build a compelling case that you are innocent. This is done through investigative work for evidence of innocence, such as an alibi. However, the burden of proof is ultimately on the state, and they are required to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Second, your lawyer should try pull apart the state’s case against you piece by piece. This can be done through many legal tools. One tactic is trying to have evidence thrown out of court due to constitutional violations. Another tactic is to show unreliabilities in the state’s evidence against you.
Poor quality surveillance footage is unreliable. Eyewitness accounts are notoriously unreliable as well. A skilled defense lawyer knows how to show the jury all of the issues in the evidence.
Do not waste any time worrying about what you should do. The answer is simple — call Edgett Law Firm for help.
Contact Edgett Law Firm For Help with Your Weapons Charges
The Plano weapons charges lawyers at Edgett Law Firm have made criminal defense their life’s work. Our team has the skill and aggression you need in your corner to fight for your future.
When you bring experienced legal counsel into the case like us, it sends a strong signal to prosecutors that you aren’t going to be taken advantage of. Your future is too important to risk going it alone. Contact our team right away for your free consultation.