Unlawful Weapons Possession in Los Angeles
Unlawful Possession of a Weapon
These offenses fall into a number of categories:
- Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit;
- A convicted felon in possession of a weapon;
- Possession of an illegal weapon (e.g. brass knuckles);
- Using a weapon in a crime.
California is very strict about weapons possession and it is possible to violate California law without necessarily being aware of it.
California law prohibits the carrying of a concealed weapon without a special weapons permit. If you live in Los Angles, getting a permit is virtually impossible.
It is also important to know that while a first offense can be a misdemeanor, a second offense can be filed as a felony with mandatory minimum jail time.
Remember that this offense requires actual knowledge of said possession by the defendant. In other words, if unbeknownst to you someone leaves a gun in your car, you are not guilty of the offense.
Of, course you’ll want an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help prove that.