Guns & Weapons
Guns & Weapons Attorney – Brett Podolsky
Texas permits civilians who have not previously been convicted of a crime to carry certain weapons. However, restrictions exist as to the type of weapon that can be possessed and the places where it can be carried. A person can be charged with a crime for carrying an illegal weapon, improperly discharging a weapon, allowing children to be access to weapons or using a firearm during the commission of another crime. In Texas, a weapon is defined as a club like a nightstick, knives with blades more than 5 and 1/2 inches long and firearms.
Penalties of Gun & Weapon Charges
Depending on the charge, a weapons crime may be a felony or misdemeanor. Legal penalties may include the following:
- Jail or prison time
- Community supervision
- Fines and court costs
Other possible ramifications may include losing a job or losing an education opportunity. Because the consequences of being convicted of a weapons related crime may be severe, it is important to contact Houston weapons attorney Brett Podolsky as soon as possible.
Weapons Prohibited By Texas Law
Texas prohibits certain weapons from being carried and possessed by any persons except for law enforcement personnel. The possession of the following weapons is a crime:
- Explosives such as bombs or grenades
- Machine guns
- Short-barrel firearm
- Firearm silencer
- Switchblade knife
- Brass knuckles
- Improvised or homemade firearm, sometimes known as a “zip gun”
It is important to note that not all of these weapons are firearms. Additionally, an exception may exist if the weapon is an antique or a collectible. Before purchasing any of these weapons, a person should consult with a qualified Houston weapons attorney.
Weapons Free Zones
In addition to types of weapons that are prohibited, there are certain areas which have been designated weapons free zones. These are areas where Texas has a special interest in not allowing weapons. It is illegal to carry any type of weapon in these zones. This is true even for weapons that are otherwise legal to carry. The following areas are weapons free zones:
- A polling place on election day
- A court of law
- Any place of execution
When carrying a weapon, common sense should prevail. If a command is given by a law enforcement official then a person should follow these commands. People who have been charged with firearms crimes should contact the professionals at the Law Office of Brett A. Podolsky for help.
How Can Brett A. Podolsky Help?
People who have been charged with weapons charges need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney willing to fight for them. Attorney Brett Podolsky will aggressively defend his clients and will achieve the best possible outcome for them.
Contact Brett A. Podolsky at 713-227-0087 for a free consultation.