How The Possession Of A Firearm Impacts Other Criminal Charges In Williamson County, Texas
This is the next post in our series on the handling of gun-related cases in Williamson County, Texas. Our last post discussed the importance of search and seizure issues in defending a firearms charge. Excluding evidence from Court may be the most common way in which such cases are defended. In this post we will discuss how possessing a firearm during a crime impacts the way in which one is charged.
Using a gun to commit a violent crime in Georgetown or Round Rock, Texas will greatly impact the charges one faces
Texas prosecutors will aggressively pursue those who use guns to commit violent crimes. Using a firearm while committing a violent offense, regardless of whether one discharges the weapon, can elevate the case to an “aggravated felony. These charges then become a first-degree felony. Under such charges one can face life in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. This means that offenses such as domestic violence can quickly go from being a misdemeanor to being a serious offense. A defendant facing such charges should contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately.
Many defendants, unfortunately, make the mistake of not understanding how the presence of a gun will elevate the charges. It is not uncommon, for example, for one to point an unloaded weapon at another during the commission of an offense. This can happen during a domestic violence incident where the defendant was “trying to scare” the victim. The use of unloaded guns is also common in robbery cases where the defendant had no intent of actually harming someone. The law, however, will still consider the crime to have involved a deadly weapon even if the gun was not loaded. Just the presence and possession of a weapon elevates the seriousness of the offense. If you have been charged with such an offense then you need representation. Our Georgetown criminal defense attorneys also assist those in the surrounding communities of Austin, Bartlett, Cedar Park, Florence, Granger, Hutto, Jarrell, Leander, Liberty Hill, Round Rock, Taylor, Thrall, and Weir. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
Georgetown residents must understand that Williamson County will aggressively prosecute gun cases not related to other offenses
It is also important to understand that Williamson County prosecutors will aggressively pursue gun-related charges even if they were not tied to another offense. For example, firing a gun in a public place is a Class B misdemeanor. If the place in which the weapon was discharged has a population of over 100,000 people then the offense will be elevated to a Class A misdemeanor. This is true even if one possessed the gun legally. These offenses can result in the loss of one’s right to carry a firearm, financial fines, and incarceration. Consult with an attorney if you are facing such charges.