Firearms and Weapons Charges
California has some of the harshest Firearms and Weapons laws in the country. Moreover, many weapons are wholly illegal in the state. If you have been accused of any type of weapon crime you will need to get some candid advice from an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
California weapons offenses carry very serious criminal consequences. The penalties and punishments vary depending upon the circumstances surrounding the allegations against you.
Circumstances involving firearms include:
- The type of firearm involved (pistol, rifle, registered, legal, stolen, etc.)
- What intended use of the weapon (i.e., hunting, home defense, etc.)
- If the firearm was loaded
- If the firearm was concealed
- If the firearm was connected to any drug use, drug sale or related drug charge
In California, charges can be filed as either a misdemeanor and felony, however most weapons offenses are charged as felonies. An experienced lawyer can make an illegal possession of weapons charge be negotiated down from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Misdemeanor or felony the penalties may include one or more of the following:
- Jail sentences up to 1-year
- Prison sentence 1-Year and up
- Court fees and fines
- Discharge from military
- Forced surrender of all firearms
- Prohibition against owning any firearms – often for life
- Loss of current employment – loss of future job opportunities
Common Weapon Violations in California
The most common weapons violations in California are:
Possession of Loaded firearm
Concealed firearm on person
Concealed firearm in vehicle
Felon in possession of a firearm
Illegal weapons possession (billy clubs, brass knuckles, switchblade knives, etc.)
California Illegal Assault weapons possession (AK47, UZI, AR15, etc.)
Federal Illegal weapons possession (machine guns, silencers, etc.)
Illegal transportation of weapons
Possession in commission of drug offense
Possession of a firearm near schools
Assault with a deadly weapon
Brandishing (guns, knives, etc.)
Gang-related weapons offenses
Minor in possession of a gun
California is a very unfriendly state when it comes to gun owners. One of the most common occurrences in California is a law-abiding citizen simply transporting a gun from one place to another – often in route to a firing range – finding themselves arrested following a simple traffic stop.
If you have been arrested for another crime — such as a drug crime, assault or armed robbery — and the police allege that you used a weapon to commit or facilitate the crime, you could find yourself facing much more serious penalties than if no weapon were involved.
The Baum Law Corp. has 13-years of courtroom experience and is experienced in defending clients against firearm and weapons charges. We intimately understand California and Federal weapons laws, and we know how to handle all aspects of criminal courtroom procedure, including discovery, pretrial motions, plea deal negotiations, judge and jury trials. We have earned many favorable verdicts for our clients and have an outstanding record getting our clients charges dismissed or significantly reduced.
In Los Angeles County, The Baum Law Corp. routinely handles weapons charges in:
Airport Court (LAX), Alhambra, Antelope Valley (Lancaster), Antelope Valley Juvenile, Bellfower, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Catalina, Central Arraignment (Bauchet), Compton, Downtown Los Angeles (CCB), Downey, East Los Angeles, Eastlake Juvenile, El Monte, Glendale, Hollywood, Inglewood, Inglewood Juvenile, Long Beach, Malibu, Metropolitan (Hill Street), Newhall, Norwalk, Pasadena, Pomona, Torrance, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita (Valencia), Van Nuys, West Covina, and Whittier.