A majority of weapons charges are felonies and are a serious criminal offense in California. Whether a felony or misdemeanor is charged depends on the type of weapon in the defendant's possession at the time of arrest, the intent with the weapon and any prior criminal offenses.
Weapon Charges: California has many weapon charges including but not limited to:
• Possession of an assault weapon
• Possession of a weapon by a convicted felon
• Possession of a firearm without a permit
• Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
• Carrying a concealed weapon (Penal Code§12025)
• Improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle
• Selling a firearm
• Shooting or firing an object into an occupied building
Weapon charges are not limited to firearms. A weapon definition can be applied to many objects including knives, numchucks, brass knuckles, certain types of ammunition, explosives, chemicals - any number of things that can cause death or injury.
Deadly Weapon: Anything that has the potential to cause death if used in a violent manner usually firearms and knives but could be anything including an attack dog.
Misdemeanor Charges: Penalty of up to 1 year in jail. Jail time can be accompanied by, or replaced by, fines of up to $1000.
Felony Charges: Prison time is typically the result of a felony weapon conviction. Anywhere from 1 year to 20 years can result. A previous criminal record can affect the length of incarceration as well as the type of offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the type of weapon used and how it was used.
You need a lawyer knowledgeable in search and seizure law. A lawyer who knows how to make a motion to suppress. One who understands the various defenses for weapons charges. You need Schwartz & Powell to come to your defense. Contact Schwartz & Powell immediately if you or a loved one is investigated or charged for any weapons crime.
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