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California Weapons Charges

California has some of the strictest gun regulations in the country and as such, possession or use of an illegal weapon is a serious offense in this state. Get the facts on various weapons charges in California so you know how to remain compliant.

Armed Robbery

California state law defines “robbery” as any act of taking personal property from another person through force or intimidation. If a person has a weapon in their possession during a robbery—even if they do not intend to use it—they may face charges of armed robbery.

There are two types of armed robbery in California: first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery. The difference between these crimes is as follows:

  • First-degree robbery: Occurs when a robbery takes place in an inhabited dwelling; when the victim is a bus driver, taxi driver, or other transit operator on the job; when the victim was using an ATM or was in the vicinity of an ATM at the time of the robbery.

  • Second-degree robbery: Occurs when none of the conditions are met for first-degree robbery.

The penalties for first-degree armed robbery include 3-9 years in prison, and the penalties for second-degree robbery include 2-5 years in prison.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Assault with a deadly weapon involves the intentional act of assault or threat of assault with a deadly weapon, instrument, or object that will likely result in injury or death. Examples of assault with a deadly weapon include:

  • Aiming a firearm at another individual

  • Using a knife against someone

  • Driving a car into another person

  • Attempting to use a household object, such as a fire poker, to harm someone

Since many objects can be considered a “deadly weapon,” the circumstances surrounding the incident play a role in the penalties assigned to the crime. The consequences of a conviction often include fines up to $10,000 and up to four years in state prison.

Carrying a Concealed Weapon

Carrying a concealed firearm without authorization is a crime in the state of California. The consequences of a conviction include:

  • Up to two years in county jail or state prison

  • Fines up to $10,000

  • Probation

  • Lifetime ban on possessing any firearms

Facing a Weapons Charge in California? We Can Defend Your Rights

If you or someone you love is facing a weapons charge in California, the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry can defend your rights. Our founding attorney Virginia L. Landry, also known as California’s Gun Queen, is a passionate supporter of your Second Amendment rights. We’re the team you want on your side during this difficult time.

Contact us today at (888) 272-6668 to learn how we can help you.