Firearms & Weapons Charges
There are many types of crimes that involve weapons. Under California law, possession of certain firearms without a permit is a misdemeanor. Brandishing a firearm is likewise a misdemeanor. Moreover, persons with certain criminal conviction histories or mental problems may not possess firearms, and it is a criminal offense to do so. Also, possession of certain types of prohibited firearms can result in a criminal charge. Knowing who may posses what kinds of firearms under California law is very complex, and the laws are constantly changing. However one thing is consistent: California takes weapons offenses very seriously.
Finally, many crimes may be charged with a “firearm” or “weapon enhancement” meaning that if a firearm or deadly weapon is used in the commission of a crime, that the penalties for that crime can be greatly increased, including becoming a "strike" for the purposes of California's "Three Strikes" laws.
Firearm and weapons charges frequently involve search and seizure issues. Often times, law enforcement performs search and seizure in violation of the constitution and this can result in the reduction of charges and/or a stronger defense. The Law Offices of Benjamin Zicherman has extensive experience with these issues and knows how to create an effective defense.
If you, a family member or friend has been charged with a weapon offense, early representation is the key to a successful defense. At the Law Offices of Benjamin Zicherman, Ihave the experience, resources and sophistication to defend your rights. Contact me immediately for your free consultation.