San Antonio Weapons Charges Defense Attorneys
Fighting for Your Freedom & Future
Unlike many other states, Texas has favorable laws regarding guns. Any Texan over the age of 18 can own a gun provided that he or she is not a felon. As of a few years ago, you can openly carry a gun in Texas as long as you have a concealed handgun license. Despite these advantages, if you violate any of the state’s weapon laws, you may find yourself arrested and facing criminal charges. At Smith & Vinson Law Firm, we are thoroughly versed in all of the fine print of Texas law. If you are facing a weapons charge, we have the knowledge and resources you need.
Our Weapons Charge Defense Lawyers Are Ready to Help
We handle all types of weapon charges, including:
- Illegal possession or carrying of a weapon, which includes unlawful possession, a felon in possession, and unlawful possession in a weapons-free zone
- Illegally selling of a weapon
- Improper discharge of a weapon
- Use of a weapon during the commission of a crime
- Threat with a deadly weapon
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Aggravated assault
We urge you to bring your case to our San Antonio weapons charge lawyers to learn your legal options and to let us fight back in your defense.
The penalties for weapons charges are based on several factors, including the type of weapon, whether it was being used or just carried, and whether other crimes were involved in the incident. These factors will all influence the penalties you will face.
Examples of weapons charges include:
- A Class A misdemeanor for the possession of a switchblade or brass knuckles
- A third-degree felony for the possession of any other outlawed weapon
- A Class A misdemeanor for selling a gun to a felon or underage individual
- A Class C misdemeanor for leaving a loaded gun in a place where a child may find it
- A Class A misdemeanor for carrying without a valid license
- A third-degree felony for carrying at a school, court, racetrack, or polling place on an election day
- A Class A misdemeanor for carrying at a church, hospital, government meeting, amusement park, or sporting event
- A Class B misdemeanor for firing a gun in public. This is elevated to a Class A misdemeanor when it is done in a city with a population of 100,000 or more
- A first-degree felony for using a gun during the commission of a crime, regardless of whether it is fired or not
Under our Constitution, we are guaranteed the right to bear arms – but this right has limitations per state law for the protection and safety of the public. Therefore, if you are found violating these state-mandated restrictions, you will need a tough attorney who knows your rights and how to aggressively defend them in court. Our San Antonio criminal defense attorneys are trial-tested and ready to stand up for you.
Contact our office for a free initial consultation. Call the firm today at (210) 960-9557.
Attorney Brad Vinson was informative, professional yet sympathetic with his approach to my case. Mr. Vinson was open to opinion and ensured that all legal avenues were considered and addressed before presenting a course of action.- Michael
Having no background in law and finding myself in a situation that left me feeling extremely vulnerable, I felt quickly at ease in their care. They were very reasonable with my situation and helped work around my needs by providing me with the most support- Andrew
They handled my case incredibly well and warned me on the possible negative outcomes, overall completely satisfied me through the whole process.- Elmer Marqueiz
Very professional, on time and educates you along the whole process. I had a lot to lose and you guys gave it all back to me and finally represented what true Justice is here in America.- Manuel R.
Charges Dismissed Assault Bodily Injury Family Violence
Our client was unfortunately in a bad relationship that was ending but before the end her boyfriend decided he was going to secure some property that didn’t belong to him. This led to an argument and for Police to ultimately be called. Our client didn’t want anyone to end up in jail so she downplayed the pushing that had been going on only to realize that the boyfriend had saved his own skin.
Rejected Pre-Indictment Aggravated Assault Strangulation/Impeding Airway Investigation
Our client was accused of restricting his wife’s airway with a plastic bag. His wife, who had been a chronically unfaithful and emotionally abusive alcoholic, provided a video to the State to try and get our client charged with a felony.
Charges Avoided Assault
Client had been celebrating his birthday and tried to prevent some of his guest from driving while intoxicated. While attempting to arrange an alternative ride for a relative, the relative’s girlfriend decided she wasn’t having it and decided to start an altercation with a few other guest. Later she accused our client of having assaulted her and sending her to the hospital.
Cases Dismissed Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Misdemeanor Assault with Bodily Injury
Our client was accused of attacking another man on two separate occasions, once with his hands and once with a knife in our client’s home. Our client had told the man to stay away from his family because the man had made romantic advances toward his wife, but the man persisted.
Our client was stopped by a police officer for driving the wrong way down a one-way street. A Blood Warrant was issued, and the test came back .09. Our client was new to the area and attempting to get a job. Pleading guilty to a DWI was not an option. After negotiating with the prosecutor, our firm was able to get the DWI charge dismissed after successful completion of 18 months deferred prosecution.