California has some of the most stringent gun laws in the country. Our state’s gun laws are seen by many as an infringement on our 2nd Amendment rights, which gives us the right to bear arms. If you have been charged with a firearm-related crime, it is crucial to speak with an experienced Riverside gun lawyer right away. Our criminal defense attorneys at The Law Office of Scott D. Henry have over 40 years of combined experience defending those facing firearms charges. Our legal team could fight aggressively to ensure your rights, property, and liberty are protected.

Types of Firearm Crimes in Riverside

In light of several serious gun-related crimes in recent years, weapons charges have become a top priority for local law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges. Weapons crimes are prosecuted aggressively, and convictions carry strict penalties. Some common gun crimes include:

  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Brandishing a weapon
  • Carrying a concealed firearm
  • Felon with a firearm
  • Openly carrying an unloaded weapon
  • Shooting at a dwelling, vehicle, or aircraft
  • Unlicensed sale of a firearm

Gun Crime Penalties

The penalties for gun crime convictions vary considerably. They depend on the specifics of your case, including the type of gun involved, if the firearm was involved in a violent crime, how you obtained the weapon, and if you have a previous criminal record.

California Penal Code 25400 PC states that it is unlawful to carry a concealed weapon without a valid CCW permit. Still, illegally carrying a concealed weapon is one of the most common gun charges in this area. Obtaining a permit to carry a concealed weapon legally in the state of California is challenging because there are several requirements you must meet to be eligible. Often, people decide not to go through the lengthy and difficult process and carry their weapon illegally. If you are convicted of misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon, penalties may include a maximum of one year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.

If you are a member of a gang, were in possession of a stolen firearm, possessed the firearm illegally, or have a felony conviction on your record, the penalties for carrying a concealed weapon may be increased. For a felony carrying a concealed weapon conviction, the penalties include a maximum of three years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines. Depending on the gun charges you are facing, one of our skilled attorneys in Riverside could help you mitigate the potential penalties for your alleged offense.

Weapons Charge Defenses

It is vital to obtain the services of a firearm defense lawyer in Riverside who has in-depth knowledge of the state’s complex gun laws and how to expertly defend those facing charges. Every firearm charge is unique. However, there are several defense strategies Scott D. Henry and his legal team may pursue, depending on the offense. Some gun crime defenses include:

  • Carrying the firearm in self-defense or defense of others
  • Being unaware of the firearm you were carrying
  • The possession of the firearm was legal
  • The firearm was discovered during an illegal search by law enforcement
  • The police report contained false statements
  • The firearm was planted by law enforcement

The defense strategy for a gun-related charge needs to be case-specific to be most effective. Our seasoned legal team could thoroughly review the police report and perform an in-depth investigation into the alleged offense to determine an appropriate and aggressive defense specific to your case.

What are Your Gun Rights After a Conviction?

Convictions can affect your gun rights considerably. In California, there is a lifetime ban on gun possession if you are convicted of a felony. If you are convicted of assault with a firearm or have been convicted twice of brandishing a weapon, you may also face a life-long ban on possessing a firearm.

There is a 10-year ban on gun possession if you are convicted of certain misdemeanor charges. Some of these include:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Brandishing a weapon
  • Making criminal threats

A Riverside lawyer could help you protect your gun rights if you have been charged with a firearm-related offense or another crime. 

Contact a Skilled Riverside Gun Attorney

Many of those who face gun-related charges are unfamiliar with the criminal process. If you face weapons charges, it is best to contact a skilled Riverside gun lawyer immediately. Our dedicated and knowledgeable attorneys at The Law Office of Scott D. Henry could guide you through the process while ensuring your rights are being protected. Contact our office today for a free consultation.

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