Bulletproof Vests

Everyone has the right to defend themselves in situations that may be dangerous to their wellbeing or that may put their life at risk. If an individual is facing an event that may become violent or lead to extreme personal injury, they may invest in a bulletproof vest or other form of body armor designed to protect them from weapons. While these products may protect you from violence, they can also incriminate you in a criminal case.

If you or someone you love has been charged with a crime, Austin criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis can provide the legal assistance you need. Contact a member of our legal team today at (512) 472-1950 for a free consultation.

How a Bulletproof Vest May Affect Your Case

In Texas, owning and wearing a bulletproof vest during a violent act may have a drastic effect on the manner in which your case is handled. Because using body armor may lead a judge or jury to believe that you preemptively planned to participate in an illegal or harmful activity, your potential penalties may be increased. However, there are many situations in which wearing a bulletproof vest may be a life-saving choice. There is no reason for you to be punished because of your desire to protect your safety.

The types of crime typically affected by the use of a bulletproof vest include:

  • Robbery
  • Arson
  • Aggravated assault and battery
  • Kidnapping
  • Murder

These crimes carry serious consequences, and they will only be made more severe if the accused individual is wearing a bulletproof vest at the time of the alleged crime. Aside from these situations, it may also be illegal for anyone with a criminal record to be in possession of a bulletproof vest after their conviction.

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If you or someone you love has been charged with a crime, it is important for you to discuss your case with an experienced defense attorney. Contact Austin criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 to schedule a consultation.

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