Want to learn more about Penal Code §24610? This section of the legal code deals with the illegal usage of undetectable firearms. These are firearms that pass through metal detectors without setting off an alarm. Plastic guns are an example of an undetectable firearm in California.
Individuals in California are not allowed to own, sell, or make undetectable firearms. PC 24610 violations lead to either misdemeanor or felony charges.
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Defining Undetectable Firearms in California
California restricts the usage of many kinds of guns, including undetectable firearms. Note that undetectable firearms are not the same as “concealed firearms.”
Individuals sometimes conceal “regular” firearms in an attempt to prevent detection. This does not mean they are “undetectable.”
Undetectable firearms are guns made of materials that will not trigger a metal detector. Ceramic and plastic guns are examples of undetectable firearms.
Basic Information About PC 24610 Charges
Let’s consider PC 24610 charges here in Los Angeles. This charge applies if someone is accused of performing illegal acts involving an undetectable firearm.
Under PC 24610, individuals in California are not legally allowed to:
- Make or import undetectable firearms
- Possess undetectable firearms
- Lend, give away, or sell undetectable firearms
All of these acts are illegal in the state of California. However, you should know that you can also face federal charges for the misuse of undetectable firearms. The Undetectable Firearms Act makes it a federal crime to make, import, sell, or give away undetectable firearms.
The federal court system will step in to prosecute some acts involving undetectable firearms. Often, the federal court only steps in if a crime crosses state lines.
For example, let’s say that someone in California buys an undetectable firearm from a seller in Nevada. In this case, the crime crosses state lines. It could qualify as a federal crime.
Federal crimes are punished more harshly than crimes in the state court system. A federal crimes lawyer in Los Angeles can help you understand these charges.
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Penalties for Crimes Involving Undetectable Firearms
As we mentioned, PC 24610 is treated as either a misdemeanor or a felony. This means the charge is a “wobbler.” The prosecution gets to decide how to treat wobblers.
The prosecution makes a decision after looking at:
- An individual’s criminal record
- The facts regarding the current case
Both misdemeanor and felony charges lead to fines. In some cases, individuals face fines of up to $10,000. Incarceration is also the result of a PC 24610 conviction. Individuals charged with a:
- Misdemeanor can face up to one year of incarceration
- Felony can face up to three years of incarceration
You should know that the penalties are often more serious if you face federal charges for possession of undetectable firearms.
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Undetectable vs. Concealed Firearms
Sometimes, individuals try to conceal firearms to avoid detection. As we mentioned, this does not lead to undetectable firearms charges in California. However, carrying a concealed firearm is also against the law in many situations.
The court uses Penal Code 25400 to prosecute individuals accused of carrying a concealed gun. Individuals can sometimes avoid this charge if they have a concealed carry permit that is valid in California.
Note that it is also against the law to openly carry a firearm in many cases.
Individuals can face fines and time behind bars if they are convicted under PC 25400. PC 25400 is also considered a wobbler in the state of California.
A weapons charges lawyer in Los Angeles can answer your questions about this charge.
Other Crimes Like PC 24610 In California
There are many charges similar to PC 24610. These charges are used to regulate the possession of other dangerous weapons in our state.
Examples of similar charges include:
- Possession of Imitation Firearms
- Possession of Wallet Guns
- Possession of Stun Guns
- Possession of Cane Guns
However, the state does not only regulate the usage of firearms. Individuals can also face charges for the unlawful possession of different knives and blunt instruments.
Defenses for the Possession of Undetectable Firearms
A criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles can help if you face PC 24610 charges. Members of our team know what it takes to build a defense for clients in your situation. We’ll take charge of your situation right now.
We can argue that you were legally allowed to handle an undetectable firearm. Some clients in California are exempted from PC 24610 regulations.
Generally, these individuals work in law enforcement. Inform your lawyer if you had permission to handle an undetectable firearm.
We could also work to show that you were falsely accused of handling an undetectable firearm. A lawyer may also take steps to demonstrate that the firearm was found in an illegal search. Taking any of these steps could help you build your claim.
Contact us to get comprehensive help on your side right away. We’ll keep you informed about the state of your case here in California.
We focus on blocking evidence and weakening the prosecution’s case. This can allow us to get your charges reduced or even dismissed. You can count on us to stand up for you in court here in Los Angeles.
Talk to a Lawyer About Undetectable Firearms Charges
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