Have You Been Charged with a Weapons Crime in the East Bay?
In California, it is a crime to illegally possess, sell, or use a weapon or firearm. In the East Bay, and the rest of California, laws related to weapons are treated very seriously and can involve harsh penalties. These laws relate to the ownership, display, and carrying of weapons.
What are the Types of Weapons Charges in California?
In California, there are a variety of weapons charges that an individual could face after being arrested by law enforcement. The specific charge will depend on the circumstances of your individual case. However, typical weapons charges in California include:
- Unlawful possession of a firearm
- Unlawful possession of an illegal weapon
- Unlawful sale of a firearm or weapon
- Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
- Discharging a firearm
- Using a firearm while committing a crime
- Unlawful distribution of a weapon or firearm
- Minor in possession of a weapon
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Concealing a weapon or firearm
What are the Potential Penalties for a Weapons Charge in the East Bay?
A weapons offense can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the facts of your case. A misdemeanor charge stemming from a weapons offense can carry with it a jail term of as much as one year in jail. In addition, you could be required to pay as much as $1,000 in fines.
In felony cases, harsher penalties, including prison time are part of the statutory language. A person convicted of felony weapons charges can face a potential 20 year prison sentence. Penalties will also vary depending on whether you have been arrested before.
What Should You Do If Charged with a Weapons Crime in Alameda or Contra Costa County?
There are many details involved with weapons charges in California. If you have been arrested for a weapons crime in the East Bay, it is in your best interest to contact a local attorney. If you have been charged with a weapons crime, do not hesitate to reach out to Lynn Gorelick. Ms. Gorelick has represented clients in the East Bay for more than 30 years and has dedicated her legal career to defending those who have been accused of crimes. To schedule a free, initial consultation, call 510.785.1444 or 925.847.3006.