Dallas Unlawfully Brandishing or Discharging a Weapon Attorneys
Residents of Texas are allowed to carry firearms to protect themselves, their family, and their property from potential harm. While there are many situations when brandishing and discharging a weapon is appropriate under Texas law, there are exceptions to the rule. Sometimes, a gun owner who has been charged with unlawfully brandishing or discharging a weapon might not have even been aware that they were committing a crime.
If you have been charged with unlawfully brandishing or discharging a weapon, Mark T. Lassiter of Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter can help successfully defend even the most difficult case. For years, our firm has been defending the rights of gun owners who are facing criminal charges in the Dallas area. As a former Dallas County prosecutor, Mr. Lassiter understands the complexities of Texas gun laws and will fight to defend your constitutional right to gun ownership as he has done for his clients for decades. To learn more about how Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter can help you defend against your charges, contact us today at (214) 845-7007.
Do I Need an Unlawfully Brandishing or Discharging a Weapon Lawyer?
As a gun owner facing criminal charges for unlawfully brandishing or discharging a weapon, you may feel frustrated at the many questions and concerns you have during this unfortunate time. Even if you feel that you were justified in your actions to protect yourself or others, being charged with a crime can be costly to both your finances and your reputation.
Defending yourself against a criminal charge of unlawfully branding or discharging a weapon requires a deep understanding of multiple Texas gun ownership laws and criminal defense laws. The punishment for being convicted of this type of crime may include expensive fines, lengthy jail time, and probation. A lawyer with experience handling gun crimes will be able to identify the best possible defense for you under your unique circumstances. With an attorney’s help, you are more likely to receive a lighter sentence through a plea bargain, or even a not guilty verdict or dropped charges.
Why Choose Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter To Handle My Case?
Attorney Mark T. Lassiter of Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter has years of proven success defending Texas clients that have been charged with unlawfully brandishing or discharging a weapon. Hiring an attorney with a strong understanding of Texas gun laws and criminal defense strategy is important to the success of your case. Mark T. Lassiter has been elected as a Texas SuperLawyer and is a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Our firm also holds a perfect 10.0 rating on Avvo, a further testament to our success and skill.
Types of Cases We Handle
In Texas, unlawfully brandishing a weapon means that the weapon was displayed by a person in an illegal manner. These cases typically occur when a gun owner points a weapon at or shows a weapon to a person in a public place in an attempt to get the person’s attention or cause the person to feel fear or alarm. Gun owners that brandish a weapon in self-defense are typically not charged with unlawfully brandishing a weapon. Sometimes, a gun owner may brandish a weapon by accident.
The unlawful discharge of a weapon in Texas means that a weapon was fired in an inappropriate place or at an inappropriate time. Common cases that involve a gun owner unlawfully discharging a weapon include when a weapon is fired in a highly populated area, near a school, while intoxicated, or while driving a vehicle. In some cases, the discharge of a weapon may have been an accident or necessary to protect yourself or others. Unlawfully discharging weapon cases are common in metro areas such as Dallas.
Depending on the details of your case, you may be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. You may be subject to significant fines, time in jail or prison, and probation. One component of your probation terms may be relinquishing your right to possess firearms.
There are a few common possible defenses for unlawful carrying/discharging a weapon charges. For example, the prosecution must be able to prove that you were in possession of or fired the weapon knowingly and recklessly. If the weapon was placed in your vehicle without your knowledge, or you were handling the gun responsibly but it went off accidentally, you may not be charged. Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter will be able to investigate your case to determine the best defense for you.
Let A Dallas Attorney at Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter Defend Your Rights
Mark T. Lassiter of Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter has lived in Texas most of his life and understands that gun ownership is a part of Texas and American culture. He understands the multitude of Texas criminal laws involved in weapons charges. If you or someone you know has been charged with unlawfully discharging or brandishing a weapon in Texas, you should contact the experienced gun crimes team from Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 to schedule a free consultation.