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Weapon charges are extremely serious charges as they involve the possession and use of deadly weapons, particularly the possession and use of firearms. In the state of California, the laws governing the possession of weapons are extremely restrictive and harsh. Law enforcement officials have made it a top priority to crack down on weapon-related crimes and get illegal weapons off the streets and out of circulation. This is primarily due to the fact that weapons can be used in the commission of thefts, assaults, sex crimes, drug crimes, and other violent crimes. In worse case scenarios, weapons are used in the commission of a homicide. There are many different types of weapon charges which may be filed against an individual, including:
- Illegal possession of a firearm
- Concealed weapons charges
- Illegal sale of a firearm
- Use of a weapon in the commission of a crime
- Assault with a deadly weapon (gun, knife, blunt object or other item capable of causing injury)
- Illegally transporting firearms
- Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
Most weapon charges are associated with violent crimes, thus making the penalties, fines and potential imprisonment for weapon-related crimes considerably higher. Under California Penal Code Section 245, assault with a deadly weapon can carry a minimum two-year prison sentence. Other weapon charges may automatically result in felony charges, thus exponentially increasing fines, prison time and other penalties.
If you or a loved one is facing weapon charges, you need to seek counsel from a Sacramento criminal defense lawyer at Wise Law Group, PC right away. This will allow Wise Law Group, PC attorneys to thoroughly review your case, closely analyze ballistic and other evidence (in coordination with independent investigators), cull witness statements, challenge discrepancies in the prosecution's case, and advise you of the exact course of action to pursue.Fight Your Weapon Charges With Our Help
Weapon charges can also fall under federal jurisdiction, such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) when it comes to regulating trafficking of weapons. Thankfully Michael Wise has an extensive criminal law background, including having a familiarity with all types of federal regulations and legal issues which could impact clients' cases. This, along with having been a prosecutor for 10 years, gives the clients at the firm a distinct advantage. His education, experience and well-earned reputation as a criminal law litigator allow Mr. Wise to be able to navigate the complex system of both state and federal law concerning weapon charges.