Penal Code 20710 deals with charges levied for illegal acts involving a shobi-zue (SZ) in the state of California. A shobi-zue is a kind of weapon that contains a concealed blade. These weapons are one of the many “generally prohibited” weapons in California.
Individuals who have, make, or sell a shobi-zue can face serious criminal charges in the state of California. The Simmrin Law Group can help you learn more about PC 20710 accusations and how to fight them. Don’t wait—call us at (310) 997-4688 today.
The Definition of a Shobi-Zue
It’s important to understand what a shobi-zue is to understand the PC 20710 charges associated with them. Shobi-zues consist of blades that are concealed inside of a stick or a pole.
Note that shobi-zues are not the same as cane swords. Cane swords are made to look like normal canes but have a sword inside. Individuals are not allowed to have cane swords in California either. The use of a cane sword weapon is prosecuted under Penal Code 20510.
Restrictions Tied to PC 20710
PC 20710 restricts the usage of shobi-zues in California. Most people are not even allowed to own a shobi-zue. Individuals can also face charges under PC 20710 if they:
- Import a shobi-zue into the state of California
- Construct a shobi-zue
- Sell or give away a shobi-zue
However, there are exemptions for individuals in law enforcement.
Shobi-zues are dangerous weapons. Using a shobi-zue to harm another person can lead to additional criminal charges. For example, a person can be charged with assault with a deadly weapon for attacking someone with a shobi-zue. Assault charges are often more serious than the charges for possessing a restricted weapon.
A member of the team at the Simmrin Law Group can help you understand how to fight these charges. Get answers to your legal questions today by calling us at (310) 997-4688.
Charges Similar to PC 20710
Shobi-zues are only one example of a restricted weapon in California. The state makes it illegal to own other deadly weapons as well. The court uses different laws to prosecute the ownership of or access to these weapons, including:
- Air gauge knives
- Belt buckle knives
- Lipstick case knives
Generally speaking, weapons that can be concealed or hidden are illegal in California. However, these are not the only weapons restricted in this state. Individuals can also face criminal charges if they are found in possession of stun guns or tear gas, for example. Additionally, firearm ownership is strictly regulated in this state.
Results of a PC 20710 Conviction in California
PC 20710 is classified as a “wobbler” in California. Wobbler charges are offenses that can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or a felony. The prosecution is responsible for deciding how to handle a wobbler offense. Individuals can face the following penalties if they are convicted of a misdemeanor:
- Fines of up to $1,000
- Incarceration of up to one year
Felony charges are considered more serious charges in California. A felony conviction under PC 20710 can result in:
- Fines of up to $10,000
- Incarceration of up to three years
A weapons charges lawyer in Los Angeles can help you handle either misdemeanor or felony charges for the use of a shobi-zue.
Defenses Against Crimes Involving a Shobi-Zue
You can get legal assistance if you have been accused of a PC 20710 violation here in California. Our team can assess your situation and work to show that:
You Didn’t Have a Shobi-Zue
PC 20710 charges deal with possessing, importing, making, or selling a shobi-zue. This means you should not face this charge if you did not actually have a shobi-zue. A standard cane, for instance, should not lead to a PC 20710 conviction.
You Were Allowed to Have a Shobi-Zue
Some people are exempt from PC 20710 regulations. Perhaps you were allowed to handle a shobi-zue as part of your job. In this case, you may be able to avoid a PC 20710 conviction.
Speak to a Lawyer About Penal Code 20710 Charges Today
You can get legal help on your side if you were accused of crimes involving a shobi-zue. Just reach out to the Simmrin Law Group. Our criminal defense lawyers in Los Angeles can work on building your defense. Just reach out to us for a free consultation at (310) 997-4688. We also have an online contact form.