If you have been arrested on weapons charges in California, you could find yourself facing some serious consequences. The penalties involved will depend on a number of factors. Those can include what sort of weapon was used and for what purpose it was used. Whether a loaded firearm was involved, and whether you concealed a weapon will be relevant. In addition, it can make a difference if drugs were included in the charges.
If you or someone you care about has been arrested on weapons charges, it is important to act swiftly in order to protect your rights. When you contact a reputable criminal defense lawyer, you may be assured that you will receive knowledgeable advice that is based on our comprehensive understanding of California law and a proven record of strong representation for a wide variety of criminal charges.
The laws governing weapons charges and the potential penalties you face for violating them can be complex and confusing. Examples of common weapons include such items as:
Indeed, many other items not routinely considered weapons can serve that function – baseball bats, golf clubs, hockey sticks – any item that can be used to threaten or physically harm someone could be viewed as a weapon.
Because most of the more than 26,000-plus yearly arrests for weapons charges in California are charged as felonies, the punishments can be both serious and far-reaching. These may involve jail or prison sentences, fines, confiscation of property, job loss, probation, and more. You may be forbidden to own a firearm or other weapon, and your conviction on weapons charges can significantly interfere with the future employment prospects that might be available to you. You may even be barred from certain professions because of such a conviction.
Our criminal defense lawyers understand how upsetting an arrest for weapons charges can be. We recognize that such charges are very serious and can affect you, your family, your financial situation, your employment – indeed, almost every aspect of your life. If convicted, you could be facing the very real possibility of a lengthy prison term, along with other forms of punishment. When your future depends on the legal representation you choose, you need knowledgeable, experienced defense lawyers who will aggressively investigate your situation and provide you with a strong and capable defense.
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