Gun and Weapons Crime
The state of California’s gun and weapon laws are some of the strictest in the country. There are a variety of serious penalties that a person can end up facing if charged with one of these offenses. If you have been charged with a weapon-related offense, our legal counsel is committed to making sure that you receive the best possible outcome in your case.
Commonly Charged Weapon Crimes in California
The state of California has more than 30 separate offenses concerning weapons. In addition to crimes involving possession of a firearm, some of the other crimes that are commonly prosecuted in the state include the following:
- Carrying a Concealed Weapon: The state of California has strict requirements regarding carrying a concealed firearm when a person does not have a license to do so. To obtain a concealed carry permit, a person must be of good moral character, meet certain residency requirements, and complete a state accepted course of firearm training.
- Felon in Possession of a Firearm: There are numerous things that convicts are prohibited from doing including possessing a firearm, which can result in the person who commits the crime facing some serious consequences.
- Shooting at an Occupied Dwelling: If a firearm is accidentally discharged and endangers the lives of others, the person who committed the act can end up facing serious consequences.
Penalties Related With Weapon Offenses
Understanding the exact penalties that a person faces as the result of a weapon offense can help that person prepare for the complicated issues that are involved in the case. Some of the consequences a person can end up facing as the result of a firearm charge include challenges finding a new job, a criminal record, fines, the inability to rent a home, incarceration, loss of immigration visa or work permit, loss of the right to own or possess a firearm, loss of a professional license, and probation. Fortunately, our legal team knows how to create a strong legal strategy to decrease the chances that you will be penalized in any way for a firearm or weapons charge.
Special note should be made of California’s “use a gun and you’re done” law, which became effective in 1996 and provides harsh penalties for weapon felonies. There is a three-level sentence enhancement in this law which includes 10 additional years in prison if a person uses a firearm in the commission of a crime, 20 additional years in prison if a person fires a gun in the commission of a crime, and 25 additional years if a person kills or seriously injures another individual in the commission of a crime.
Contact an Experienced Encino Criminal Defense Lawyer
A seasoned criminal defense attorney at RP Defense Law knows how to create a strong legal defense for your case. Our legal counsel will remain dedicated to making sure that your case resolves in the best possible manner. Contact our law office today to schedule an initial free consultation.