There are many restrictions on weapon ownership in California. Some weapons are on California’s “generally prohibited” weapons list. Lipstick case knives (LCKs) are an example of one of these generally prohibited weapons.
Penal Code 20610 deals specifically with illegal acts involving LCKs. Even the possession of an LCK can lead to jail time and fines. Find out more about this weapon with the team at the Simmrin Law Group. We are ready to help. Just call (310) 997-4688 today.
Understanding Lipstick Case Knives
Lipstick case knives are a specific kind of bladed weapon. These weapons are not very large. In fact, they are small enough to fit inside a lipstick case, hence the name. However, a blade without a lipstick case can still be considered an LCK in California.
Because these knives are so small, they are easy to both conceal and carry. People can carry an LCK in either their purse or their pocket. However, it is against the law to possess and carry an LCK in the state of California.
Some individuals are exempt from PC 20610 charges. These individuals are legally allowed to handle an LCK. Contact us today if you need answers to your questions regarding PC 20610 exemptions.
The Facts About PC 20610 Charges in California
PC 20610 makes it illegal to own an LCK. Individuals can also face this criminal charge for:
- Creating an LCK
- Importing an LCK into the state of California
- Selling or giving away an LCK
PC 20610 charges are considered “wobbler” charges in California. Wobblers are treated as either misdemeanors or felonies. The prosecution decides how to handle a wobbler. In many cases, a prosecutor will look at the facts of the case and an individual’s criminal record when deciding on how to prosecute.
Find out more about how to fight back against wobblers in our state with the Simmrin Law Group. Just call (310) 997-4688. We’re standing by and ready to help.
Additional Restricted Weapon Charges in California
There are many types of restricted weapons in the state of California, and several of these are listed in Penal Code 16590. However, the court system also levies charges for specific weapons, such as:
- Air gauge knives
- Belt buckle knives
- Cane swords
As you can see, many of these criminal charges involve bladed weapons. However, bladed weapons are not the only restricted weapons in California. The state controls the ownership of firearms as well. Many blunt weapons are also restricted by the court.
Note that individuals can face harsher charges for using a dangerous weapon to harm another person. This can lead to charges like assault or battery. Murder charges are enforced if someone takes another person’s life with the use of a dangerous weapon. We’re here to help you learn more about how to fight violent crime charges in California.
Penal Code 20610 and Legal Defenses
You don’t have to just accept a conviction if you are facing PC 20610 charges. Work on your case today with a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles. Our team can work to show that:
You Did Not Have an LCK
PC 20610 charges deal specifically with LCKs. This charge does not apply to other bladed items. There are other charges used to regulate the possession of certain knives in California. However, you should not face a conviction under PC 20610 if you did not have an LCK.
You Were Permitted to Have an LCK
Some individuals in California are legally allowed to have an LCK in their possession. Generally, this exemption is limited to law enforcement officers. These individuals can even transfer the ownership of their LCK in certain situations. We can work to show that you were legally allowed to possess an LCK. Just contact us to get started.
Talk to a Lawyer About Lipstick Case Knives
Reach out to the Simmrin Law Group if you are facing Penal Code 20610 charges for owning, making, or otherwise being involved in the transfer of possession of a lipstick case knife. Reach out to us today and get answers with a free consultation.
Just call us at (310) 997-4688 or complete our online contact form to get the help you need.