Crimes involving guns or firearms are prosecuted harshly by the California justice system. Something as simple as illegal possession of a firearm by a someone with a previous felony conviction can lead to an additional felony charge with a potential penalty of up to three years in jail. On top of that, California has a large number of gun laws that regulate firearm use. According to data from the State Firearm Laws Database, California’s 107 gun laws are the most in any state (the national state average is just over 28).
If you have been charged with a gun crime, a Bay Area gun crime lawyer at The Nieves Law Firm can work with you to build a defense to your charges. The talented attorneys on our team have experience defending clients accused of gun crimes in the Bay Area and we understand both state and federal gun laws that may be applicable to your case. We also understand how severe a gun crime conviction can be. If you work with us, we will build a tailored defense strategy centered around the specific circumstances of your case. We will consider your wants, needs, and goals for the future when building your defense to ensure our strategy gives you the best opportunity to live the life you want after your case comes to a close. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. En Español
California has relatively strict gun ownership laws when compared to other states. However, most adults over the age of 21 are allowed to possess a firearm in California. Certain individuals may be barred from owning a firearm in California if:
*Update (June 4, 2021): On June 4th, a federal judge declared California’s ban on assault weapons unconstitutional in an effort to make the firearms once again legal in California. However, a federal appeals court decided to hold the decision until other pending gun cases before the court are decided. So, as of July 13, 2021, assault rifles are still illegal in California.
If you were charged with illegal gun possession in the Bay Area, we can help. Contact a Bay Are gun attorney at The Nieves Law Firm today to start building a defense to your gun possession charges.
As previously mentioned, California has a large number of gun laws that regulate the possession, transportation, and sale of firearms. If you have questions about gun charges you are facing, contact a Bay Area gun lawyer at The Nieves Law Firm to learn more. Some of the most common Bay Area gun crimes include:
It is illegal for a felon in California to possess any type of firearm. The penalty for felon in possession of a firearm in California is a fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail sentence up to three years.
It is illegal to carry a concealed weapon in a vehicle or on your person in California. Illegally transporting a concealed firearm in a vehicle or on your person can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor and penalties can include up to a year in county jail to up to three years in prison with substantial fines.
It is unlawful to use a firearm in the commission or attempted commission of a felony under California law. The sentence enhancement related to possessing a firearm while committing a felony is the additional prison term of three, four, or ten years depending on the circumstances of the case. The additional prison term will be added onto the sentence for the original felony charge and will be served consecutively to the original offense.
Similar to the charge listed above, it is illegal to use a firearm while committing specific sex crime offenses. The sentence enhancement for using a firearm while committing a sex crime is the same as the enhancement related to the use of a firearm while committing a felony. An additional prison term of three, four, or ten years can be added to the principle offense.
As of now, it is illegal to possess an assault rifle under California law. Please note that this is currently on appeal and a decision could be made to legalize assault rifle possession in the near future. Illegally possessing an assault weapon under Penal Code 30605 is a “wobbler” meaning it can be a misdemeanor or felony and the penalties range from county jail time to up to three years in prison.
It is illegal to furnish a firearm to another person with the intent of them using that firearm to commit a felony offense. Individuals who are convicted of aiding or abetting a felony with a firearm face a sentence enhancement of one, two, or three years depending on the circumstances of the case. This means they will serve an additional prison sentence on top of the sentence they receive for the original felony offense.
It is unlawful to brandish a firearm during a fight in a rude and threatening manner except for situations of self-defense and it is also illegal to intentionally inflict serious bodily injury by drawing or exhibiting a firearm or deadly weapon. Brandishing is a misdemeanor if charged under Penal Code 417 but inflicting bodily injury while brandishing can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor and can have severe penalties including up to three years in state prison.
It is illegal to discharge a firearm in a grossly negligent way that could result in the death or injury of a person. This is a criminal that can be punished by up to three years in state prison if charged as a felony.
A person who willfully and maliciously discharges a firearm from a vehicle at another person not in the vehicle is guilty of a felony. A violation of this law is punishable by up to 7 years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
While these are some of the most common gun crimes we see in the Bay Area, there are many more not listed here. If you are charged with one of the crimes listed above or another gun crime, contact a Bay Area gun crime lawyer from The Nieves Law Firm.
At The Nieves Law Firm, we have experience representing clients facing a variety of gun-related charges. We understand the intricacies of these cases and how relevant state and federal gun laws play a role. If you were charged with a gun crime in the Bay Area, we can help. Contact a Bay Area gun attorney on our team today to schedule a free consultation.
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