Our firm is experienced with these offenses and can assist you with any
of the various weapons charges:
- Possession of a firearm by a prohibited person (felons, drug users and others).
- Selling or supplying a firearm or ammunition to a prohibited person.
- Use or possession of a firearm in relation to a drug felony or violent
- Stolen firearm, ammunition or explosive.
- Possession or use of a firearm in a school zone.
- Possession, use or manufacturing any of the following: Fully automatic
weapons, silencers, sawed- off shotguns or rifles, destructive devises,
assault weapons and any firearm with missing, altered or removed serial numbers.
- Selling or supplying a firearm to a juvenile.
Federal prosecutors commonly push for enhancements when dealing with firearm
charges, especially if weapons can be linked to federal drug offenses,
property crimes or gang affiliations. Without proper legal counsel you
can greatly increase the risk of suffering great penalties.
Illegal Gun Possession in California
California allows certain people to legally own and possess firearms and
enforces a number of regulations, laws, and restrictions. For example,
California firearm laws prohibit gun possession by certain people and
in certain places. Examples of people who are generally prohibited from
owning a gun include:
Convicted felons and individuals convicted of certain misdemeanors
- Minors under the age of 18
- Individuals addicted to illegal narcotics
- Individuals who suffer from certain mental illnesses
In addition, California enforces laws that prohibit the possession of illegal
firearms and the illegal possession or carrying of an otherwise legal
gun. Examples of this may include carrying a loaded firearm in public,
possessing an automatic weapon without proper license, and concealing
a weapon without a valid permit. Our lawyers know when it is illegal to
possess a gun and can help defend individuals facing these charges.
PC 417 – Brandishing a Weapon
California penal Code § 417 makes "brandishing a weapon"
a criminal offense. Under the law, "brandishing a weapon" may include
drawing, exhibiting, or using a firearm or deadly weapon in a rude, angry, or threatening manner. Depending on the factors involved,
brandishing a weapon may be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or felony offense.
Misdemeanor brandishing charges are punishable by up to one year in jail,
while felony charges may result in 16 months, two, or three years in state prison.
Tough Defense for Firearm Charges in LA
At Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP, we understand the severity of weapons
charges and are capable of defending clients charged with a firearm-related
crime. Whether this is your first, second or third weapons offense, or
if your crime involves additional charges, our criminal defense lawyers
can provide you with the representation you need.