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If you or someone you know has been charged with the crime of Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon, call the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Joyner + Joyner, P.C. for a free consultation.
Under Texas law, a person commits the crime of Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon if:
(a) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on or about his or her person a handgun, illegal knife, or club if the person is not:
(1) on the person’s own premises or premises under the person’s control; or
(2) inside of or directly en route to a motor vehicle or watercraft that is owned by the person or under the person’s control.
(a-1) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on or about his or her person a handgun in a motor vehicle or watercraft that is owned by the person or under the person’s control at any time in which:
(1) the handgun is in plain view; or
(2) the person is:
(A) engaged in criminal activity, other than a Class C misdemeanor that is a violation of a law or ordinance regulating traffic or boating;
(B) prohibited by law from possessing a firearm; or
(C) a member of a criminal street gang, as defined by Section 71.01.
(a-2) For purposes of this section, “premises” includes real property and a recreational vehicle that is being used as living quarters, regardless of whether that use is temporary or permanent. In this subsection, “recreational vehicle” means a motor vehicle primarily designed as temporary living quarters or a vehicle that contains temporary living quarters and is designed to be towed by a motor vehicle. The term includes a travel trailer, camping trailer, truck camper, motor home, and horse trailer with living quarters.
(a-3) For purposes of this section, “watercraft” means any boat, motorboat, vessel, or personal watercraft, other than a seaplane on water, used or capable of being used for transportation on water.
(b) Except as provided by Subsection (c), an offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.
(c) An offense under this section is a felony of the third degree if the offense is committed on any premises licensed or issued a permit by this state for the sale of alcoholic beverages.
If you are facing Unlawful Carrying Weapons charges, it is extremely important to retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer that can provide you with options and help you mitigate any damage already done.
At Joyner + Joyner, P.C., our Unlawful Carrying Weapons defense lawyers have the experience to guide you through the Texas justice system. We have helped many individuals and families through these tough times by answering their questions and making sure that our clients understand what is happening at every stage the case. We will advocate on your behalf and work to obtain the best possible outcome.
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