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Weapons Charge Lawyer

Weapons offenses and gun charges can lead to hefty fines and jail time, permanently altering the course of your life.

A weapons charge lawyer can work with you to defend your rights, minimize charges, or have charges completely thrown out.

Paul Doyle & Associates in Houston, TX, can explore every avenue possible to win your case and secure your freedom.

Reach Out Now To Fight Your Gun Charges

The attorneys at our firm intentionally limit our caseload so that they can provide each client with the individualized defense representation they deserve. They also pride themselves on developing trusting relationships with each client, offering their direct line to anyone facing misdemeanor or felony charges. Call our Houston defense attorney's office or write to us now for your free consultation.

(713) 228-9200

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What Our Attorneys Can Do for You When You Contact Our Law Firm in Houston, TX

Understanding Firearm
Laws in Texas


In Texas, House Bill 1927 allows anyone who qualifies under the law to carry a handgun in a public place without a license to carry. However, even though Texas is known for its tolerant firearm laws, gun crimes can still carry harsh punishment, resulting in misdemeanor and felony charges. This is why it's important to seek legal counsel in cases where handguns and other firearms are involved, even in Texas.

Give Yourself
the Best Odds

By Choosing Paul Doyle & Associates In Houston

When a person receives a weapons charge, they're faced with the possibility of serious penalties that can affect them for the rest of their life, including jail time, steep fines, and difficulty finding work. Discussing your case with an attorney can give you the best possible chances of minimizing or dropping criminal charges that have been brought against you.

If you're in the Houston, TX, area and you're facing gun charges or other weapons charges, a lawyer can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. We invite you to request a free consultation with Paul Doyle and Trevor Sharon by filling out our contact form or by calling:

(713) 228-9200

Houston, TX, Chooses Our Attorneys

"When i was referred to Paul Doyle I knew he was the high powered well connected Attorney I need. Just google him. Trevor is a pleasure to work with and always very easy to get in touch with call or text."

— Bronco Teño, 2023 5-Star Review

Meet Our Acclaimed Attorneys

Paul Doyle

Paul spent seven years as a prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney's Office, during which time he played a crucial role in thousands of criminal cases and hundreds of jury trials. This allowed him to gain first-hand knowledge of the tactics used by government prosecutors to build cases and obtain convictions.

He now draws upon this background to develop strategies to dismantle government prosecutions. Paul's consistent success has led to widespread recognition. Among other honors, he has been featured in Forbes Magazine's Texas Leaders in Law and had his firm ranked in the Houston Chronicle's "Best Criminal Defense Attorneys" list in 2022. 

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Trevor Sharon

Trevor is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. In practice since 2013, he has handled hundreds of complex criminal cases, with many revolving around gun charges, aggravated assault, and murder. 

Every year from 2019 to 2023, he has been named a Super Lawyers® Rising Star. This honor, which is reserved for a maximum of 2.5% of young attorneys in the state. Our attorney has earned this great acclaim in large part due to his personal approach with clients, helping them find hope in what seems like a hopeless situation.

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What Qualifies as a Weapons Charge?

Mr. Doyle and Mr. Sharon are prepared to defend those who have been charged with several weapons-related offenses, including:
  • Carrying a weapon unlawfully
  • Aggravated assault or assault with a deadly weapon
  • Violations of concealed handgun permits
  • Threatening with a deadly weapon
  • Self-defense with a deadly weapon
  • Airports weapon violation
  • Selling an illegal weapon or firearm
  • Felon in possession of a weapon
  • Illegal discharge of a handgun or other firearm

Possible Defense Strategies

During your case review in Houston, Paul Doyle & Associates will explain all possible avenues of defense and create a custom strategy based on your unique circumstances. Some arguments our lawyers may make during your case include:

You Unknowingly Had the Weapon

There are plenty of scenarios in which a defendant may have been found with a weapon they didn't know they had.

Disputing the Definition of a Weapon

The definition of a weapon or a deadly weapon is a broad term, and often the most important issue at trial. Paul Doyle uses weapons experts to create an effective and thorough defense.

You Acted in Self-Defense

In Texas, it is legal to defend yourself when you believe your life is in immediate danger and another person is acting violently or making threats of violence.

5-Star Reviews From Our Satisfied Houston Clients

"Excellent Service 10/10 Recommend. You will not be disappointed with the outcome of your case! Trevor Sharon Is THE BEST  #1 ! Criminal Justice Lawyer In Houston Hands Down! Guaranteed 100%" Yander Noguera, 2023 5-Star Review

Weapons Offenses and Additional Criminal Charges

Unlawful possession of a firearm in Texas is typically considered a Class A misdemeanor, which can result in a fine of $4,000 and up to a year in jail. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be facing a felony charge or a misdemeanor. Additional circumstances that will be considered in your case include:

Prior Felony

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If you're a convicted felon and you were in possession of a weapon, the consequences you face are higher. For example, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon carries a penalty of up to 10 years in jail and/or $10,000 in fines.

The Weapon Was Used
to Commit a Crime

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The involvement of a weapon in a crime like a robbery or assault can escalate charges from misdemeanors to felonies. 

Hiring a criminal defense attorney may be your best option at minimizing charges or having them thrown out altogether. We are available on nights and weekends to provide the legal counsel you need.

Businesses Must Be Clear When Prohibiting Firearms

In 2021, HB 1927 changed Texas law to allow most residents aged 21 and up to carry a handgun in a holster openly without the need for a permit. Generally speaking, handguns can now be carried in public areas of city buildings like libraries, in public, and in places of business that do not prohibit such carrying. 

For a business to prohibit firearms, its owners must have posted signage in both English and Spanish that reads similarly to, "Pursuant to Section 30.05, Penal Code (criminal trespass), a person may not enter this property with a firearm." The signage must also be clearly visible and specifically printed to have contrasting colors with block letters that are at least one inch high. 

If you have been charged with a firearms offense in a business that did not meet these thresholds, our attorneys may be able to seek a dismissal of your charges.

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Paul Doyle

Paul Doyle & Associates

Paul Doyle & Associates was named "The Best of the Best in Criminal Defense" by the Houston Chronicle in 2021. No matter the criminal charges you face, attorney Paul Doyle and his team can defend your rights and, if necessary, represent you in court. Paul Doyle is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • The Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association

Request a free consultation with our firm right now by contacting us online or by calling (713) 228-9200.

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