Guns and Firearms Lawyer In San Diego
Guns and Firearms Charges
The State of California has some of the harshest penalties for guns and firearms charges. If you have been charged with illegal possession of a firearm or ammunition, carrying a concealed gun or loaded firearm, brandishing a firearm, illegally transporting a firearm in your vehicle, or have a firearm enhancement added to another charge, you need to hire a San Diego criminal defense attorney who is experienced and skilled in the area of California guns and firearms law.
We are experienced defense attorneys who aggressively defend individuals charged with crimes involving deadly weapons, guns, and firearms. Many guns and firearms charges are “wobblers,” meaning they can be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies. Felony guns and firearms charges carry severe potential penalties including permanent felony conviction on your record, possible state prison sentence, and restrictions on obtaining housing or employment. Hiring the right San Diego guns and firearms lawyer will make the difference in obtaining the best possible outcome for your case.
Guns and Firearms Charges in California
Types of California Guns and Firearms Charges:
- Convicted Felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition
- Brandishing a firearm
- Negligent discharge of a firearm
- Possession of a firearm on school grounds
- Possessing a firearm while under the influence of drugs
- Carrying a concealed firearm without a permit
- Possession of an assault weapon
- Possession of a large capacity magazine
- Negligent storage of a firearm (child access)
- Illegal modification of a firearm
- Possession of an unregistered firearm
- Use of a firearm during the commission of certain felonies
A misdemeanor guns or firearms conviction carries a maximum possible sentence of one year in county jail along with standard court fees and fines. Up to five years of summary probation can also be imposed. If the government files the guns or firearms charge as a felony, the maximum possible sentence is a state prison commitment.
There are a number of sentencing “enhancements” that apply to California guns and firearms charges. An “enhancement” is an additional allegation that is added to an underlying charge that alleges that a gun or firearm was either possessed or used in a certain way. The guns and firearms “enhancements” can often carry harsher penalties than the underlying base charge themselves. If convicted of a gun or firearm enhancement, an additional prison term can be added to the base term of the underlying felony. These additional prison terms vary from as little as one year to as much as a life sentence depending on the underlying felony charge.
The California State laws regulating guns and firearms are extensive and complex. The potential penalties and available charges will vary depending on the facts of the case, the defendant’s criminal record, whether the firearm was legally possessed, whether any injuries occurred, whether the firearm was loaded or not, whether the firearm was operable or not, and whether the firearm was concealed or not.
The Law Office of Gregory Garrison has extensive experience in defending clients accused of guns and firearms charges. Those years of experience and skill are aggressively used to defend those accused of guns or firearms charges. Our team of legal professionals has achieved a proven record of obtaining charge reductions and charge dismissals in San Diego guns and firearms criminal cases. Contact our office today and put our decades of experience and skill to work in defending your case. Your best possible outcome is just a phone call away.
If you or a family member has been charged with a gun or firearm crime in San Diego County, contact a San Diego criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Gregory Garrison.