Gun Crime Defense Attorney in Los Angeles
California’s gun laws are complex and the penalties for any conviction are serious. If you are facing gun crimes charges, do not wait to call the Dixon Justice Center. Our attorney has over 30 years of experience fighting for our clients’ rights. When you hire her, we will help you understand the prosecution’s charges and develop a personalized defense strategy to aggressively fight against them.
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Types of Gun Crimes in California
Charges are generally split into two categories: use and possession. Common possession charges include a felon with a firearm, carrying a concealed gun, or carrying a loaded gun in public. Charges the prosecution can pursue in instances when an individual has used a gun include assault, negligently shooting a gun, shooting at a home or a car, shooting a gun in a drive-by, or brandishing a firearm to intimidate another person, among other reasons.
The biggest advantage you get when you hire our attorney is our knowledge of California’s intricate gun laws and experience defending clients against the serious charges the laws call for. Using both things, our attorney will work to build an individualized defense for your case.
For instance, we could demonstrate that:
- You were unaware that the gun was in your possession
- There was no way of knowing the area you were in was public space
- You used or had the gun for self defense
- You did not know the gun was loaded
- The police should not have conducted a search that led to discovery of the gun
When you seek the help of our Los Angeles gun crime lawyer, you can trust that we will work to develop a defense strategy that pursues your best interests and advocates for your rights. To see what we can do for your defense, get in touch with the Dixon Justice Center. We are proud to serve clients in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernadino, as well as those who live throughout Orange County.
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If you face gun crime charges, you could be convicted for a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances and evidence of your arrest. In California, gun charges are called “wobblers” because of the way their severity varies form one case to the next.
Gun possession charges and their associated penalties are as follows:
- If you have a felony on your criminal record and are charged with gun possession, you could face three years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Someone charged with an illegal concealed carry violation faces a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. If that person had a weapons felony already or if the gun had been stolen, then the penalties are between 16 months and 3 years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Penalties for carrying a loaded gun in a public place are the same as above. Individuals can face charges for both illegally carrying a concealed weapon and carrying it in a public place.
- Possessing a gun in a school, government building, airport, on public transit, or any other designated prohibited places can result in penalties of between 1 and 7 years in jail and fines of up to $10,000. The charges depend on the circumstances of the arrest and whether an individual fired the gun, or if they used it in any way as part of another crime.
- Possessing a prohibited firearm type such as an assault rifle or a gun that is camouflaged can result in 3 months to 3 years in jail and $10,000 in fines.
Penalties for using a gun illegally are detailed below:
- Brandishing a gun, which can be anything from simply displaying it publicly to using it to threaten someone, is punishable of 30 days to 3 years in jail, depending on the circumstances of arrest. This charges also carries a fine of up to $1,000.
- If you or a passenger fires a gun from your car, you can face up to 7 years in jail and $10,000 in fines.
- If you are charged with attempting to assault another person with a gun, you could face anywhere between 12 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
- Shooting a gun at a home or vehicle that is either occupied or unoccupied can carry charges of up to 7 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
- For charges of “gross” negligence that led to a gun firing, you can face between 1 and 3 years in jail and a fine of $10,000. Anything from firing a “warning shot” to even shooting a BB gun at or near someone, can lead to these charges.
In addition to the charges themselves, the state has gun enhancement provisions that give judges discretion to add serious penalties to gun charges in circumstances where a person used a gun to commit a felony crime. A judge could add 10 years to a sentence for possession, 20 years if a person fired the gun, and 25 years if a person injured or killed someone with the gun.
Call Us Immediately if You Have Been Arrested
The most important thing you can do to protect your rights after an arrest is to call our Los Angeles gun crime lawyer. Our attorney cares for every client we serve and works hard to defend your rights from day one. During an arrest and in legal proceedings after, police and the prosecution are going to ask questions and request information. Before you speak with anyone or give anything to police or the prosecution’s team, call us. Our experienced attorney can counsel you on what you should do inside and outside of court. In many instances, we can also speak on your behalf to police or the prosecution.