Most people think of guns as weapons; the fact is, a deadly weapon can be almost anything, including tear gas, a baseball bat, knife, crow bar, keys, even a fist. In California, possession of weapons or firearm possession can leave you facing serious penalties, including jail time, in certain situations. The Los Angeles weapons charges attorney at The Justice Firm are committed to providing those accused of weapons offenses with outstanding legal guidance and support. We will fight aggressively on your behalf, working to protect your freedom and help you avoid criminal penalties.
You may have been accused of assault with a deadly weapon, illegal possession of a firearm, or distributing or selling firearms. However serious your situation may seem, our firm has handled a wide array of cases involving weapons and firearms including rifles, knives, handguns, semiautomatic assault weapons, and more. We understand the possible consequences of something as seemingly innocent as possessing a weapon for some. No one wants to spend time in prison; it is critical to work closely with a skilled Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer so that positive results can be secured in your case.Weapons Charges Defense Firm in Orange County
Jail time is just one of the consequences of a conviction for some firearm or weapons charges. Common offenses in this category include:
- Assault weapon possession
- Discharging a firearm
- Unlawful sale of a firearm
- Using a gun in the commission of a drug offense, assault, robbery, or other crime
- Possession of a firearm by an ex-felon (loaded, concealed, or otherwise without a permit)
- Assault with a firearm or deadly weapon
- Sale/distribution of firearm
- Brandishing a firearm
In the state of California, law enforcement vigorously pursues cases involving weapons violations or offenses. The punishment is serious and can result in ruin of your career and reputation, not to mention loss of your freedom. This is why you should take action immediately in your own defense by consulting with an aggressive defense attorney.Criminal Penalties for Weapons/Firearms Charges in California
The criminal penalties for weapons or firearms charges in Los Angeles depend on several factors, including the crime you are accused of, past criminal record, whether a gun was used and whether it was loaded, and more. In most cases these types of charges are considered felonies, although you may be charged with a misdemeanor offense if charged with weapon or firearm possession. Penalties include substantial fines, potential jail/prison time, and a criminal record for life.
Depending on the offense you are accused of committing, prison time may vary from four to 12 years for most felony offenses. The maximum sentence allowed for a misdemeanor offense is one year in county jail.
If convicted of assault with a firearm and the weapon involved is a handgun, criminal penalties include a fine of up to $10,000, and up to four years in state prison if charged as a felony. In cases where the assault is against a firefighter or police officer, penalties are enhanced and include up to eight years in state prison.Contact The Justice Firm Now
Weapons possession, assault with a firearm, and other crimes involving firearms or weapons may leave your freedom and future in jeopardy if convicted. At The Justice Firm, our Los Angeles weapons charges attorneys know how prosecutors work, and the tactics they often use to secure a conviction. We know how to vigorously defend these charges and obtain good results. Contact us today at (310)914-2444, and let us begin working on your case.