In the state of Texas, weapons laws are generally considered relaxed compared to the laws in other parts of the country. In Chapter 46 §46.05 of the Texas Penal Code the government writes that it is an offense to knowingly and intentionally possess manufacture, transport or repair knuckles. This is typically regarded as a felony offense of the third degree. In some cases, the charge can be reduced to a Class A misdemeanor.
In the Texas Penal Code, knuckles is defined as any instrument that consists of finger rings or guards that are made of a hard substance and are used for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury or death. Normally, brass knuckles are used when a person strikes another with his or her fist. In some cases, possession of knuckles can be charged in addition to an assault charge or an assault with a deadly weapon charge depending on the circumstances.
Sometimes, brass knuckles are sold undercover as paperweights, jewelry, or other accessories. If you purchase an item under these circumstances and are not aware that the purchase is outlawed, then you will want an attorney on your side to defend you should you be arrested. Also, if you did not know about the law and bought brass knuckles from a dealer, you will want an attorney to represent you. These weapons can be made of hard plastic, steel, brass or acrylic, and all are considered illegal.
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When used correctly, brass knuckles can result in broken bones, concussions, eye and nose injuries, and cuts. If you want more information about brass knuckles and weapons crimes then you need to talk to a Houston criminal defense attorney at The Martinez Law Firm right away. With the right attorney on your side, you can be sure to get the advocacy you need to work towards innocence in court!