What are some crimes involving Guns and/or Weapons?
Crimes involving guns are split into two main categories: crimes having to do with gun or weapon possession, and simple crimes made more serious due to the use or involvement of a gun when the crime was committed.
“Deadly weapon” usually refers to a range of objects that can inflict great bodily harm, such as a knife, a golf club, or even a car. Other objects, while not deadly weapons by design could become one based on how it is used.
Gun possession laws concern whether an individual may own a gun or weapon, when an individual may carry a concealed weapon, and the types of weapons that can be owned.
What are the consequences of Gun or Weapon Crime conviction?
The use of a gun or deadly weapon in the commission of a crime usually makes the crime more serious, and possibly subject to harsher penalties. One example would be the comparison of simple assault, and assault with a deadly weapon. Assault with a deadly weapon will result in higher fines and longer jail sentences, than a simple assault conviction.
Penalties could include jail time, fines, and probation. Stricter penalties may also be implemented for crimes involving use of a fake gun that could be mistaken for a real gun (for example, using a fake weapon when robbing a store).
What are some defenses to the charge of a Gun or Weapon Crime?
A common defense for the use of a gun or weapon is self-defense, although this is only valid when the person is threatened with deadly force. Other defenses may include the defense of other people or property, or duress/coercion (such as threat of injury to the defendant or others).
Contacting a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles
If you are accused of gun or deadly weapon crime, you should contact Ken Behzadi immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses, and the legal system process.