Weapons

Guns, Firearms, Concealed Weapons

Weapons charges are serious and come with jail time. We represent people charged with the following gun and other weapons offenses:

  • Possessing a gun (concealed, loaded or otherwise with no permit)
  • Possessing a firearm by an ex-felon (concealed, loaded or otherwise with no permit)
  • Possessing an assault weapon
  • Possessing a weapon (illegal weapons include knives, daggers, brass knuckles, nunchucks and other martial arts weapons)
  • Brandishing a firearm (displaying or waving around a firearm)
  • Discharging a firearm
  • Selling a firearm (unlawful sale)
  • Using a gun in committing a crime (assault, robbery, drug offenses)

Weapons are not limited to just guns. A “deadly weapon” is defined very broadly under the law and includes the weapons listed above plus many more items including box cutters, tear gas, keys, a car or your own fist if used to harm someone. If you have been arrested or charged with weapons offense, you should contact Damian Siwek, an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, at DCS Defense to schedule a no-cost confidential consultation to discuss your legal options.

Los Angeles Weapons Lawyer

Weapons charges, particularly involving guns are aggressively prosecuted. Most carry the prospect of jail time (or state prison when added as an gun enhancement), expensive fines, and a criminal record that may make it difficult to obtain employment and housing.

In general, a weapons offense is a felony under California law, but possession can be charged as a misdemeanor in some cases. The penalties will vary depending on a number of circumstances:

  • The type of weapon involved
  • What was being done with it
  • If it was loaded and/or concealed
  • The individual’s criminal record, drug record or drug use at the time of arrest
  • Any other factors that might affect the sentence

For a misdemeanor (such as carrying a concealed weapon with no prior convictions), the maximum allowable sentence is a fine and up to one year in county jail. Prison sentences for a felony weapons offense can be anywhere from 4 to 12 years.

At DCS Defense, we will focus on getting you the most favorable disposition using a variety of proven techniques and defenses, including:

  • Making all necessary court motions including “motions to suppress evidence”
  • Interviewing all witnesses connected to your case
  • Gathering evidence in support of your defenses
  • Seeking a reduction of the charges
  • Negotiating a favorable plea (if necessary)
  • Preparing for trial
  • Seeking alternative sentencing such as house arrest/electronic monitoring, work furlough, weekends in jail, community service
For aggressive and effective representation against weapons charges, including a free confidential consultation, contact Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Damian Siwek at DCS Defense.