Understanding Weapons Charges in California
While the right to bear arms is every American citizen’s legal right under the U.S. Constitution, there are still regulations in place about how and when people can use these weapons, especially firearms. California state laws surrounding weapons are complex and can be confusing for people being charged with a weapons crime. If you have been accused of committing a crime involving a weapon, you may face steep penalties and fines, so it is in your best interest to hire a San Jose criminal defense attorney to represent you in your case.
Penalties for Weapons Offenses in California
Weapons offenses can range in severity resulting in misdemeanor or felony charges. The most frequent type of weapons charge in California is unlawful possession of a firearm-meaning someone has a gun without a permit for it. While this particular charge is a misdemeanor it can still result in a fine and potential jail time. There are several other weapons offenses common in the state of California including, but not limited to:
• Selling a firearm
• Assault with a deadly weapon
• Possession of an assault weapon
• Wielding a deadly weapon and/or firearm
• Committing a crime with the use of a gun (drug offenses, robbery, etc.)
Many people assume that weapons charges are only for guns, when in reality, they can apply to other deadly weapons including knives, brass knuckles, and even motor vehicles, when used with a vicious intent. Weapons charges in California result in harsh punishments including jail or prison time, hefty fines, and a permanent criminal record. For this reason it is imperative to partner with a criminal defense attorney who can build a strong case on your behalf.
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