Weapon Offenses Attorney: California
California has strict laws about weapons, who may purchase and own them, how they are to be carried, and what weapons are allowed. Furthermore, if you are convicted of committing another crime in which you used a deadly weapon, you will face additional penalties beyond those for the underlying crime itself. How you are charged in any weapon offense will depend on the facts and circumstances of the case and whether anyone was injured or killed as a result. It is important to seek professional legal help from a qualified criminal defense attorney to minimize the consequences of your charges and to obtain the best outcome possible.
California law requires those who purchase and own firearms to be licensed. It also prohibits anyone from carrying a concealed weapon on their person or in their vehicle unless it is in the trunk or a locked compartment other than the glove box. A simple violation of this law is charged as a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Carrying a concealed weapon refers to handguns, pistols, revolvers, shotguns, rifles, BB guns, and pellet guns. Circumstances which may elevate this crime to a felony include stolen firearms or the accused being known as active in gang activity or who has a previous criminal history. Those who may not purchase or own a firearm include the mentally ill, those addicted to drugs, and those convicted of felonies or certain misdemeanors.
California Penal Code section 26350 makes it a misdemeanor to openly carry an unloaded gun on your person or in your vehicle while on public streets or in cities, punishable by up to six months in jail. Other laws regarding weapons prohibit certain dangerous deadly weapons, such as blackjacks, explosives, nunchucks, brass knuckles, and daggers.
Arrested on a Weapon Charge in San Diego?
If you or someone you know has been arrested on a weapon charge, you may be facing jail time, fines, and a permanent mark on your criminal record. Get the help you need from a local law firm that practices criminal defense exclusively. We know the laws, the legal procedures, the local court systems and personnel. We know how to investigate and prepare your case creating effective legal defenses. We can work to get your charges reduced or dismissed where feasible. Contact us to talk to an experienced attorney about your arrest and charges in a free case evaluation and learn your legal options and what can be done in your defense today.