Specific Information About Ballistic Knives
Ballistic knives represent a specific kind of bladed weapon. Not all knives are considered “ballistic.” In fact, weapons are only classified as ballistic if they are spring-loaded. The spring allows an individual to:
- Fire a blade
- Shoot out a blade
However, other kinds of knives are also prohibited in California. For example, lipstick case knives and writing pen knives are also considered restricted weapons in California. Penal Code 16590(c) details these and other prohibited weapons in California.
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PC 21110 Charges in California
PC 21110 deals specifically with illegal acts involving ballistic knives. Even owning a ballistic knife is against the law in California. Individuals can also face PC 21110 charges if they:
- Make a ballistic knife
- Import a ballistic knife into the state
- Sell or give away a ballistic knife
However, you should know that the state has exceptions to these regulations. For example, individuals in law enforcement are often allowed to sell or handle ballistic knives without facing criminal charges.
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Other Charges Tied to Ballistic Knives
PC 21110 charges are tied to the ownership, manufacture, importation, and sale of ballistic knives. PC 21110 charges are not levied if a person uses a ballistic knife to hurt someone else. Instead, the individual could face charges for assault or battery.
In some cases, individuals can face charges for attempted murder or murder. All of these charges are considered violent crimes. Violent crimes are punished more harshly in the state of California. Some violent crime convictions can even lead to life in prison or the death penalty.
Penalties for a Conviction Under PC 21110
The court system treats PC 21110 as a wobbler. This means the prosecution gets to decide if an individual faces misdemeanor or felony charges for their actions. The prosecution considers the facts of the current case when making this decision, as well as the individual’s past criminal record.
Misdemeanors are considered less severe than felonies in California. What follows are the differences between misdemeanor and felony convictions:
Misdemeanor Charges for PC 21110
- Fines of up to $1,000
- Incarceration of up to one year
Felony Charges for PC 21110
- Fines of up to $10,000
- Incarceration of up to three years
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Defenses Against Charges Associated with Ballistic Knives
You don’t have to just accept a conviction for charges involving ballistic knives in California. Instead, get help right away from a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles. Members of our team can work to show that:
You Didn’t Have a Ballistic Knife
PC 21110 charges should only apply if you have, made, imported, or sold a ballistic knife. Let’s say you made a knife with a spring in it. However, the spring does not launch the blade of the knife. This means that it is not a ballistic knife. In this situation, we could help you work on building your defense.
You Were Exempt from PC 21110 Charges
PC 21110 charges do not apply to everyone in California. You may not know you are exempt from PC 21110 regulations. For example, let’s say you work in law enforcement and handle ballistic knives as part of your job. In this case, you shouldn’t be convicted on a ballistic knife charge. Call us today for assistance.
Contact Us for Help Fighting Penal Code 21110 Charges
The Simmrin Law Group can help if you are facing charges involving a ballistic knife in California. We’ll build your defense for you and help you fight a Penal Code 21110 conviction. Whether it’s a misdemeanor or a felony, we know just what to do to give you the best possible chance at reducing or even eliminating your charges. Just complete our online contact form to get started. You can also call (310) 896-2723.
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