It is no secret that California has some of the most restrictive gun-related laws in the United States. It is all too common for a person to be charged with a gun crime and not have even realized they broke the law. Read on to learn about some of the most commonly charged weapons charges and then contact Chambers Law Firm at 855-397-0210 if you are in need of a free legal consultation.
Illegally Possessing a Weapon
There are a number of situations in which it can be illegal to possess a firearm. This may be due to the specific weapon, such as an unlicensed weapon or a weapon that has been banned like an assault weapon or stun gun, or due to the fact that you specifically are not allowed to own or possess a firearm, such as felony with a firearm laws. There are defense options either way, such as showing that the gun was not actually in your possession.
Illegally Carrying a Weapon
It may be that you legally own a weapon but carry it illegally. For example, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon in the state of California, whether on you or in your vehicle. You must have the gun unloaded and in a locked box during transportation. Likewise, you cannot carry a loaded gun in public unless you have obtained a special permit. You could even face additional penalties if you are within a certain number of feet of a public building or school.
Brandishing a Weapon
Even if you do not pull the trigger, simply drawing or showing your firearm in a way that the court believes is angry or threatening can lead to charges. In the event that there is a person injured while you are brandishing your weapon, you could end up facing additional penalties. You can also be charged with assault for attempting to injure someone with your gun – even if you did not actually succeed. For example, if you fire into a crowd, you are likely to be charged with assault with a firearm.
Drive-By Shooting or Shooting at Dwellings
It is often illegal to shoot a gun at all, even if no one is injured. This is the case with a charge of shooting at dwellings. It is against California law to shoot at or within close proximity to either buildings or vehicles. The penalties can be increased if the building or vehicle in question was occupied. If you are involved in a drive-by shooting, you can be charged for simply being in the car even if you did not fire a single bullet.
Let an Experienced Attorney Help You Face These Charges
You are not alone. There is help out there for you – and you can find it at Chambers Law Firm. Simply call us at 855-397-0210 and request a free legal consultation.