Individuals in California can face criminal charges for the misuse of “zip guns.” Zip guns are improvised firearms. They are guns not made by manufacturers or gunsmiths. Penal Code §33600 prohibits the possession of zip guns.
The possession of a zip gun is a “wobbler” offense in California. This can mean you’ll face either misdemeanor or felony charges under PC 33600, depending on how the prosecution wants to proceed. Fight this charge with the Simmrin Law Group by calling us at (310) 997-4688.
Penalties for a PC 33600 Conviction
The court classifies PC 33600 as a wobbler. Wobblers are special offenses in the state of California. They can be treated as misdemeanors or felonies. The prosecution decides how to handle wobblers after considering:
- The facts of the current case
- An individual’s past criminal history
The results of a conviction vary based on the kind of charges a person is facing in Los Angeles. A misdemeanor conviction can result in:
- Fines of up to $1,000
- Incarceration of up to one year
Felony accusations lead to more serious penalties. A felony conviction for misuse of a zip gun can result in:
- Fines of up to $10,000
- Incarceration of up to three years
A Los Angeles weapons charges lawyer can help you learn more about both misdemeanor and felony accusations associated with zip guns.
Defenses Against a Possession of a Zip Gun Charge
Get legal assistance today if you were charged under PC 33600 in California. A criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles can work to show that:
You Were Allowed to Have a Zip Gun
Some people in California are legally allowed to handle zip guns. Generally, these people work in law enforcement. However, some people employed by historical societies may also have permission to handle zip guns. Inform your lawyer if you have permission to have a zip gun.
You Did Not Possess a Zip Gun
Sometimes, individuals in California are falsely accused of the possession of a zip gun. You can reach out to us if someone accused you of having a zip gun when you never possessed such a weapon.
You Were Subjected to an Illegal Search
Police officers sometimes exceed their legal bounds when making an arrest. They may have violated your rights while searching your person or your home. Items found in an illegal search should not be used against you in court.
Types of Possession in California
Individuals are not legally allowed to possess zip guns in California, even if they have no plans to utilize the weapon. There are two kinds of possession in California:
Individuals charged with the actual possession of a zip gun have the weapon on their person. Carrying a zip gun in a backpack would be an example of actual possession in California.
Constructive possession occurs even if someone does not physically have a firearm with them. You can be charged with constructive possession of a zip gun kept under your bed, for example.
Talk to a Lawyer About PC 33600 Charges Now
Speak to our team at the Simmrin Law Group if you are facing charges under Penal Code §33600. Contact us by calling (310) 997-4688 or completing our online contact form. Get in touch with a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer right now.
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