The use of a weapon during the commission of many crimes in Texas often leads to heightened penalty ranges, as well as further charges in addition to the main criminal action. For example, the unlawful possession of a firearm can be included with the crime of aggravated robbery, leading to multiple felony convictions. It is therefore important to contact the experienced Houston weapon charges lawyers as soon as possible after the arrest occurs to determine the extent of the potential punishment ranges and to attempt to mitigate any impending convictions.
Texas is relatively open with the possession of firearms in public, although an individual must contain a valid concealed handgun licensed in order to do so. Failure to have a license while carrying a firearm in public, or the action of carrying a firearm when you have been prohibited (such as prior felony conviction) can lead to felony charges. Additionally, weapons charges which are included during the commission of a crime can have severe consequences on punishment ranges proposed by the prosecution.
Weapons charges in Houston, Texas are often a subset of a greater crime, but can greatly impact the punishment range of a crime. Specific weapons charges include the following:
Many criminal actions will often include the unlawful possession of a firearm as a separate charge when the firearm was used during the commission of a crime. For example, aggravated robbery often requires the commission of the crime with the use of a deadly weapon. If the person does not have the appropriate license to carry the firearm, they may face an additional criminal charge for this crime.
Our firm of weapons charges lawyers in Houston can provide you with highly skilled and experienced representation in sentencing.
Penalties for weapons charges may range between small misdemeanor offenses to larger penalty offenses, depending on the facts and circumstances of your case. The state has discretion to reduce your penalty to probation and a fine if it is your first offense, although not every prosecutor will act this way. Therefore, it is important to speak with an experienced Houston weapons charges attorney who will carefully examine the facts of your case and will work hard to ensure you are not subjected to a heightened punishment range.
The penalty table below indicates the possible punishment ranges which you may face as the result of a weapons charge arrest:
|Misdemeanor Class or Felony Degree||Confinement||Optional Fine|
|Class C Misdemeanor||None||Up to $500|
|Class B Misdemeanor||Up to 180 days in county jail||Up to $2,000|
|Class A Misdemeanor||Up to 1 year in county jail||Up to $4,000|
|State Jail Felony||180 days – 2 years in state jail||Up to $10,000|
|Third Degree Felony||2-10 years in prison||Up to $10,000|
|Second Degree Felony||2-20 years in prison||Up to $10,000|
|First Degree Felony||Life or 5-99 years in prison||Up to $10,000|
|Capital Felony||Life in prison or death||Up to $10,000|
The facts and circumstances of your case will have a large impact on the above penalty range table. If you have a prior felony conviction resulting in probation for several years, and were arrested on unrelated weapons charges during this time, you may face heightened felony penalties listed above. The skilled weapon chargers lawyers will better assist you in understanding the specific penalties you face on weapons charges.
If you have been arrested on weapons charges in Houston, do not hesitate to contact Mary E. Conn Law. Mary E. Conn has years of experience in handling criminal cases, including weapons charges for all individual cases. Mary E. Conn will work directly with you to understand the facts and circumstances of your case and will work tirelessly to defend your rights as a highly skilled weapon chargers attorney in Houston. Contact us at or Houston, Texas office for an initial free consultation on (713) 357-4190 today.