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San Antonio Gun Crimes Lawyer

Protecting Your Future & Right to Bear Arms

Although the state of Texas has some of the laxest gun laws in the nation, this does not mean they are lenient regarding the violations of weapon-related statutes. In fact, they have many laws in place which are intended to restrict the way you may own or carry a weapon. Law enforcement takes all types of gun violations very seriously, such as unlawful carrying. Unlawfully carrying a weapon or UCW is a complex charge that should be handled by an experienced lawyer at Corley Legal.

If you were arrested for an alleged weapons offense, remain silent and ask to speak with a San Antonio gun crimes attorney. Call us at (210) 361-7322 for the strong representation you deserve.

Understanding the Charge of Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon

There is a huge public misconception when it comes to gun laws in Texas. Simply purchasing a gun does not automatically make it legal to carry. Carrying a firearm for which you are not licensed is not the only type of offense that falls under unlawful carrying. Unlawful carrying of a weapon can apply to several different types of circumstances. For example, you could be charged with this crime if you are carrying a weapon as a convicted felon, while intoxicated or in a bar, in a prohibited area, or while traveling where it is prohibited.

For example, it is unlawful to carry a weapon in the following places:

  • Hospitals
  • Courthouses
  • Nursing homes
  • Inside the airport
  • Amusement parks
  • Correctional facilities
  • Church/place of worship
  • Polling place during voting
  • Location of school function
  • Official government facility
  • Business that primarily serves alcohol

The exact penalties for an offense of unlawful carrying (under Texas Penal Code Section 46.02) can vary. Typically, this crime is charged as a Class A misdemeanor. A conviction of this charge can lead to up to $4,000 in fines and 1 year in jail. If the crime is charged as a Class C misdemeanor, a lesser offense, the penalties could include up to $500 in fines. However, if a person unlawfully possesses a firearm in a prohibited place, you could face a third-degree felony and serious penalties such as up to 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

Gun Crimes Lawyer in San Antonio

If you have been arrested in Texas for a weapons crime such as unlawful carrying, it is in your best interest to hire a lawyer. At Corley Legal, our San Antonio criminal defense attorney is committed to fighting your charges and, wherever possible, getting your charges reduced or dismissed. We are familiar with the local courts, judges, and prosecutors, giving us the advantage of being able to know how they think and how to challenge their arguments.

We're dedicated to helping you fight your charges and protect your rights. To set up a free consultation, call us at (210) 361-7322.

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