Concealed weapons cases are complicated matters under California and federal law. Much depends on type of weapon, the circumstances in which the weapon was being carried, by whom, and for what reason. Every concealed weapons case is unique, and it takes a highly knowledgeable and skilled defense criminal lawyer to identify all the factors and defenses for an individual’s concealed weapons case.
Many Types of Concealed Weapons
It’s important to note that many more items than guns/firearms can be considered a “weapon” in a concealed weapons charge, including:
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- Nunchucks and other martial arts weapons
- Brass knuckles
- Tear gas
- Box cutters
However, most concealed weapons charges deal with a handgun, whether loaded or not, with or without a permit.
Concealed weapons charges are aggressively prosecuted in San Diego County. As a former deputy district attorney, Anna Yum is completely familiar with the outlook and tactics that a district attorney may use in your case. She also knows how to defend an individual charged with carrying a concealed weapon, such as citing evidence of an illegal or improperly conducted search and seizure, illegal interrogation techniques, self-defense or defense of another person or property, and lack of intent.
Consequences of Carrying a Concealed Weapon
The consequences of being arrested for carrying a concealed weapon range from getting the charge(s) dismissed to much more severe penalties. An individual with no prior criminal history who is arrested for carrying a concealed weapon may be charged with a misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum of one year in jail plus a fine. If a person is convicted of carrying a loaded concealed firearm without a permit to do so, he or she is facing felony-level incarceration. A criminal record of any concealed weapons conviction can make it difficult for an individual to obtain employment and housing.
Even simply transporting a legally obtained, permitted firearm in an incorrect manner can result in a concealed weapons charge.
Learn More about Concealed Weapons Defense
If a concealed weapon charge has been brought against you or a member of your family, contact the San Diego law office of Anna R. Yum to discuss your legal options in a no-commitment consultation.