You can get fast help to build a defense for weapons charges in San Diego by contacting the Simmrin Law Group. Our team of legal professionals understand how serious weapons charges can be. That’s why we’re ready to:
- Block evidence against you
- Build a strong defense for your case
- Assess any plea bargains you are offered
- Stand up for you in and out of court
You can reach our weapons charges lawyers in San Diego easily. Let us start constructing your defense if you are accused of violating California’s laws on weapons ownership or usage.
Charges for Carrying Concealed Weapons in San Diego
In most cases, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon in San Diego. This applies to firearms as well as other dangerous weapons, including switchblade knives. You can face criminal charges if you conceal a weapon:
- On your person
- In your vehicle
A conviction for carrying a concealed weapon can result in three years of jail time and fines of up to $10,000. Note that there are several exceptions to California’s regulations on concealed weapons. For example, you should not face this charge if you have a valid concealed carry permit (CCP).
You Can Be Prosecuted for Openly Carrying a Weapon
Some individuals wonder if they can avoid a charge for carrying a concealed weapon by openly carrying a firearm in San Diego. This action is also illegal. In fact, you can face criminal charges for:
- Carrying an unloaded firearm
- Carrying a loaded firearm
You may be exempted from this regulation if you have CCP, if you are a member of a gun club, or if you are employed in certain fields. For example, police officers and military personnel are generally allowed to carry weapons in public while they are working.
A conviction for carrying a loaded firearm in public can result in thousands of dollars in fines and jail time of up to three years. Make sure you reach out to a criminal defense lawyer in San Diego as soon as you are arrested for carrying a weapon while in public.
Brandishing a Deadly Weapon Is Against the Law
You can face criminal charges if you are accused of drawing a deadly weapon around other people in a way that is angry or threatening. Drawing a weapon during a fight – if you are not trying to defend yourself or someone else – can also lead to brandishing deadly weapon charges. Deadly weapons can include:
- Knives and other bladed weapons
- Baseball bats and other clubs
- Makeshift weapons like broken glass
- Animals such as attack dogs
You could be sentenced to three years in prison if you are convicted of brandishing a deadly weapon in San Diego.
There Are Penalties for Negligent Discharge in San Diego
Negligent discharge occurs if someone:
- Shoots a firearm
- In a way that grossly disregards the safety of others
- Resulting in a situation where someone could be hurt or killed
Negligent discharge accusations do not apply if an individual intentionally fires a gun at another person. That action would be treated as attempted murder. However, firing a gun around other people without regard for their wellbeing can lead to negligent discharge accusations. You could face fines and prison time if you are convicted of a negligent discharge.
California’s Felon with a Firearm Law Regulates Gun Ownership
While the Constitution gives citizens the right to bear arms, this right may be revoked in San Diego if:
- You are convicted of a felony
- You are convicted of certain misdemeanors
- You are addicted to some controlled substances
- You are mentally ill
Individuals who are found in possession of a firearm after their gun rights are revoked could face criminal charges based on the Felon with a Firearm law. This can result in fines of up to $10,000 and up to three years of prison time.
San Diego Regulates the Sale of Firearms
You can also face criminal charges if you sell firearms in San Diego without a license. Penalties for the unlicensed sale of firearms can include six months of jail time and fines of up to $1,000. Note that these penalties apply to each firearm sold without a license.
Build a Defense with a San Diego Weapons Charges Lawyer
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