Firearms and Weapons Charges
In California there are strict guns and weapons possession laws. If you are in possession of a firearm illegally, you face a mandatory jail sentence upon conviction. A mandatory sentence means that the judge has no discretion to impose a lighter sentence or probation. The minimum penalties are heightened if you have prior conviction.
You could be charged with unlawful possession of a firearm if you are stopped with a handgun in your car without a firearms identification card. You could also be charged with unlawful possession of a weapon for carrying such items as a stiletto, dagger, switch knife, a switch blade, any knife with a double-edged blade, a slingshot, blowgun, nunchaku, a shuriken, or a manrikigusari.
You may be pulled over for a traffic ticket and end up being charged with a felony because a gun was carried improperly in your car. As a convicted felon, you would be unable to own a gun legally for the rest of your life — all for doing something that you did not even know was wrong. Non-residents can also be charged under California's weapons control laws.
To have your freedom and your future, you need a weapons charge criminal defense lawyer who is willing to fight for you. California criminal defense lawyer Edward Shkolnikov know how to defend even the toughest cases, including many weapons cases, and how to guide your case through the legal system with your best interests in mind.
There are ways resolve a weapons charge carrying a minimum-mandatory sentence. The first way is to convince the prosecutor to reduce the charge. The other way is to fight it.
If you have been charged with unlawful possession of firearms, there is a lot at stake for you. You should make sure that you are comfortable with and have confidence in the attorney whom you are hiring. Contact The Law Office of Edward Shkolnikov for a confidential case evaluation if you would like to discuss your rights and options.