Weapons Crimes

If you have been charged with a state or federal weapons violation in Texas, it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Whether you were accused of carrying a gun, knife, brass knuckles, switchblade or other weapon, you face serious charges.

An experienced Texas defense lawyer can help you seek the most favorable outcome possible in your weapons crime defense case. The attorneys at Shook & Gunter will work to get charges dismissed if possible. If that is not a realistic outcome, we will seek to minimize the damage.

Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm

Texas law places strict limits on the possession and use of firearms. In order to carry a gun in Texas, you must have a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) and are limited in where you can carry the firearm. For instance, even if you are licensed, you may not carry a firearm into a school, bar or correctional facility.

The new Open Carry rules place additional restrictions and requirements on CHL holders.

We provide skilled defense representation for people facing charges such as:

• Possession of an illegal firearm (such as an automatic weapon or sawed-off shotgun)

• Unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon

• Unlawful carrying of a weapon in an airport

• Unlawfully brandishing a firearm

• Illegal firearm trafficking

We will explore every aspect of the arrest and prosecution to build a solid defense case for you. If the police executed an illegal search and seizure to obtain the firearm or violated your rights in any way, we may be able to get the evidence against you suppressed.

In many weapons crime cases, our lawyers are able to get charges dismissed before an indictment is returned. If that is not possible, we will aggressively pursue the best course of action, whether it is reduced charges, alternative sentencing or acquittal by jury.