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Texas is a haven for many types of illegal weapons. Increasingly, I have seen a statewide crackdown on the possession and transport of those weapons. Given the harsh penalties available for a weapons crime conviction, it is in your best interest to hire dedicated legal representation to help you clear your name of the charges you now face. When you come to the Law Office of John L. Venza Jr., I can meet with you for a confidential consultation to discuss your concerns, listen to your side of the story, and help you begin working on a strategy for resolving the situation. With my years of experience as a criminal prosecutor, I know how to get results in the local courts and am ready to take action on your case immediately.
Facing weapons charges in Texas?
Even if you have a permit to carry a concealed handgun, you can still be charged with illegal possession of a handgun under certain circumstances. A weapons offense can be as simple as a Class A misdemeanor, for which you can go to jail for a year, or as serious as a first-degree felony, for which you can spend the rest of your life in prison. There a number of possible weapons offenses that you can be charged with in Texas:
- Unlawful carrying of a weapon, handgun without license, or certain types of knives
- Unlawful carrying of weapon by license holder; bringing it into a bar, onto a school campus, or into any correctional facility
- Unlawful possession of a firearm
- Possession of a prohibited weapon, such as a short-barrel firearm, switchblade, brass knuckles, silencer, machine gun, explosive weapon, chemical-dispensing device, or armor-piercing ammunition
- Transporting weapons
Challenging the Search and Seizure of Illegal Weapons
Police often discover guns and other illegal weapons following vehicle searches, which may violate the rights of the vehicle occupants. Under the Fourth Amendment, citizens of the U.S. are legally secure against unreasonable search and seizure, and the law enforcement officer must have had a search warrant or probable cause to conduct the search. Often the key to defending a possession or transporting charge is to analyze the constitutional validity of the traffic stop. As a result of my in-depth knowledge of vehicle searches, I know how to highlight the flaws in the State's case and will work hard to have the evidence suppressed if at all possible.