Dallas Open Carry Lawyer
As of January 1, 2016, licensed gun owners in the state of Texas may openly carry a handgun in public and in many private settings. That being said, if there is a sign posted on private property that prohibits open carry on the premises—this is what is known as a 30.07 sign—you have a legal obligation to comply.
Texas’ open carry laws stipulate that handguns must be carried in a belt or shoulder holster at all times, unless there is a legally justifiable reason to use the weapon. Even if you have such a reason to remove and/or use your weapon, there is a good chance that the police will still arrest you under the pretenses that you broke the law.
When You Should Call a Lawyer
The moment you remove your firearm from your holster you should expect to be under police scrutiny. In the event that you are charged with a gun-related criminal offense like aggravated assault with a deadly weapon or deadly conduct, you need to reach out to an attorney immediately. Even if you believe that you have not broken the law, it will be in your best interest to work with a lawyer throughout the coming legal process.
At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, our Dallas open carry attorneys understand just how much will be on the line for you with these charges, and we can develop a comprehensive legal defense to help you defend your rights and protect your future. Though gun-related charges are serious, our legal team will be there to fight on your behalf each and every step of the way.
Common Questions about Texas’ Open Carry Law
Can I be arrested for openly carrying a firearm?
As long as you are following the law, you cannot be arrested for simply openly carrying a holstered handgun in Dallas, or anywhere else in the state. If the police believe that you used that weapon in any way that is believed to be unlawful, however, you may be arrested and charged with a serious criminal offense like aggravated assault with a deadly weapon or deadly conduct. The prosecutorial team will take these charges seriously, and they will try and achieve a conviction against you.
Why should I hire a lawyer if I did not break the law?
If you have been charged with any gun-related offense—regardless as to whether a crime was actually committed—you need to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. The fact that you have been charged at all indicates that law enforcement believes that you have broken the law and, more importantly, that they are willing to pursue the case against you. As such, that leaves you open to being convicted on criminal charges, even if you did not do anything wrong.
Consult with an Open Carry Lawyer in Texas
If you have been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, deadly conduct, or another criminal offense that is related to Texas’ new open carry laws, you should consult with an attorney at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter right away. To discuss the particulars of your arrest directly, please call our offices at (214) 845-7007 today.