Penal Code 12022.2 is a sentencing enhancement enforced in California. Sentencing enhancements increase the penalties for certain criminal acts. For instance, PC 12022.2 can increase the penalties for felonies that involve the use of armor-piercing ammunition. Additionally, this enhancement may be enforced when individuals wear a body vest while committing certain felonies.
The Simmrin Law Group is standing by to help. Enhancements under PC 12022.2 can add years on to your prison sentence. Get more information now on how to fight these charges by calling us at (310) 997-4688.
PC 12022.2 Sentencing Enhancements
PC 12022.2 enhancements apply to certain felony charges here in California. Individuals should only be charged with this enhancement in two situations. The court uses the enhancement if someone commits a felony while:
- Armed with a firearm AND
- In possession of armor-piercing ammunition
Individuals also face this enhancement if they commit a violent felony while wearing a body vest.
The state of California uses a specific definition for body vests. These are pieces of protective clothing that offer trauma protection and protection from ballistic weapons. Body vests must be made of a material that is resistant to bullets. These are the only situations wherein PC 12022.2 enhancements apply.
Punishments Associated with PC 12022.2 Enhancements
Individuals only face a PC 12022.2 sentencing enhancement if they are convicted of an underlying felony. This means that PC 12022.2 charges add on to other penalties. These penalties for the underlying felony can include:
- Prison time
- The loss of the right to own firearms
- Orders to attend anger management courses
PC 12022.2 enhancements only increase the amount of prison time an individual faces for a conviction. The enhancements vary based on whether an individual used:
Using armor-piercing ammunition during a felony leads to at least four years and as much as 10 years of extra time in prison.
A Body Vest
Individuals face less prison time for using a body vest during the commission of a felony. However, they still face at least one year and up to five additional years in prison. Find out more about these enhancements and how to fight them with the Simmrin Law Group. Just call us at (310) 997-4688.
Other Sentencing Enhancements in California
There are many sentencing enhancements used throughout our state. The court uses these enhancements to increase the penalties for felonies. Other sentence enhancements in the state of California include:
- Penal Code 12022 (being armed with a firearm during a felony)
- Penal Code 12022.3 (using a firearm during a sex crime)
- Penal Code 12022.5 (using a firearm during a felony)
These are only examples of sentencing enhancements used in California. Many sentencing enhancements are actually tied to gang activity in this state.
How to Handle Enhancements Concerning a Felony Using Armor-Piercing Ammunition
Get legal help today if you are facing a PC 12022.2 enhancement. A Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer can take steps to show that:
You Didn’t Commit the Underlying Felony
You should only face PC 12022.2 enhancements if you were convicted of an underlying felony. We can help you show that you were not guilty of a violent felony. This can help you avoid an enhancement, even if:
- You had armor-piercing ammunition
- You were wearing a body vest
However, you should know that some kinds of ammunition are regulated in California. This means you may be able to reduce your charges for having armor-piercing ammunition in your possession.
You Didn’t Have Armor-Piercing Ammunition
There are many different kinds of ammunition. Perhaps you committed a felony with a firearm but did not have special armor-piercing ammunition. In this case, you should not be convicted of a PC 12022.2 enhancement. Reach out to us now. We’re waiting to help you.
Talk to a Lawyer About PC 12022.2 Enhancements
Facing a Penal Code 12022.2 sentencing enhancement? We’re here to help if you were charged with a felony using armor-piercing ammunition. Find out more by reaching out to the Simmrin Law Group at (310) 997-4688. You can also fill out our online contact form.
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