Weapons Crimes in California
Answers from Former Police Officers & District Attorneys
The State of California takes crimes involving weapons very seriously and
has outlined strict parameters and harsh penalties to regulate their use
in the community. Many defendants, often too late, realize that weapons
charges do not usually involve the use of weapons or firearms. Instead,
most of these crimes are meant to be preventative and are usually enforceable
when mere possession is determined. Weapons crimes are also notorious
for "piggybacking" onto other charges, such as domestic violence
and drug crimes, even when weapons are merely found to be present.
If you've been charged with a weapons crime, it is absolutely critical
that you seek proper representation to oversee your case. These charges
are often vulnerable to procedural errors by law enforcement and, as former
police officers, our team has the knowledge and insight to find holes
in the prosecution's case and bolster your defense. Don't hesitate
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Types of Weapons Charges
Weapons and firearm statutes in California encompass many different circumstances
when weapons are present. Many of them are pursued as serious felonies
by the prosecution.
The most common weapons crimes can include:
- The selling of firearms
- Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
- Weapon possession by a convicted felon
- Firing or projecting objects into an occupied building
- Possession of an assault weapon
- Carrying a concealed weapon
An important factor to note here is that "deadly weapon" definitions
can be broadly defined by the prosecution. Kitchen knives, your fists,
and even your vehicle can be defined as "deadly" if the prosecution
can prove that they were wielded in a dangerous, intentional way.
Additional circumstances of the incident in question, such as gang activity
or knowledge that a weapon was stolen, can also color your charges differently
and result in harsher penalties.
Call a dedicated Ventura weapons attorney today!
Serious weapon offenses can result in up to 20 years in prison if aggravating
factors are present. Don't wait until your actual trial to find out
what penalties you might be facing. Call our office and speak with our
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