California Weapon Charges Attorney
Over 30 Years of Criminal Defense Experience
Possession or use of an illegal weapon, particularly during the commission of another crime, is a serious offense in the state of California. The consequences of a conviction can threaten an individual’s immediate freedom, as well as his or her future. If you or a loved one has been charged with a weapons-related offense, it is crucial that you contact the experienced California weapon charges attorney at the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry right away. Regarded as an authority on gun and weapons charges, Virginia L. Landry, the Gun Queen, can help you fight to protect your rights.
Our firm assists individuals accused of the following types of weapon charges:
- Armed robbery
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Brandishing a weapon
- Carrying a concealed weapon
- Celebratory gunfire
- Illegal firearm possession
- Illegal sale of a firearm
We offer personalized legal guidance and defense strategies tailored to your unique situation. With over three decades of legal experience, Virginia L. Landry is prepared to be your dedicated advocate—both in and out of the courtroom.
Contact us today for a free consultation; call (888) 272-6668.
Understanding California’s Weapon-Related Offenses
In California, it is illegal to possess or use certain illegal weapons. In some cases, a generally legal weapon may be considered illegal if certain modifications are made, such as changing the magazine capacity of a legal firearm. In contrast, some weapons are essentially always prohibited under state law.
Under California Penal Code 16590, illegal weapons include:
- Certain types of knives, including ballistic knives, cane swords, belt buckle knives, and concealed dirks or daggers
- Melee weapons, including Billy clubs, metal/brass knuckles, “nunchucks,” and leaded canes
- Certain firearms/firearm modifications, including large-capacity magazines (in excess of 10 rounds), multi-burst trigger activators, undetectable firearms, zip guns, and cane guns
- Various types of ammunition and explosives, including explosive bullets, flechette darts, military-grade hand grenades, and certain concealed explosives
The law prohibits the creation, possession, carry, sale, and use of these and other illegal weapons. To possess or use a prohibited weapon during the commission of a crime will likely result in harsher penalties if you are convicted.
Penalties for Weapon Charges in California
The penalties for weapon-related offenses vary significantly depending on the various other factors involved in the alleged incident. The prosecution will look at whether or not you have a prior criminal history, the type of weapon you allegedly possessed/used, whether or not another individual was harmed, and other factors.
Regardless of the circumstances involved, however, law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and judges take weapon charges extremely seriously. California has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, and it is possible that you could be facing very harsh penalties, ranging from steep fines to jail/prison time to probation and community service. A conviction can also have a major impact on your reputation, as well as your ability to obtain employment, housing, education, and loans.
Speak to California Gun Authority Virginia L. Landry Today
Weapons charges are very serious and should be treated as such. If you are facing charges or your loved one has been arrested for illegal weapon possession, assault with a deadly weapon, or any other type of weapon- or gun-related crime, contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry as soon as possible. Our California weapon offenses attorney is ready to fight for you and your future.
Call (888) 272-6668 now to request a free and confidential case evaluation.