Defense for Crimes Involving Weapons / Firearms
Crimes involving the use of a weapon are taken serious, and they can result in felony charges with mandatory imprisonment in a state correctional facility. Okabe & Haushalter is an experienced criminal defense law firm that provides aggressive legal help to individuals facing criminal charges, such as those involving weapons. We employ a personalized approach with our clients, in which they are informed of the specifics of their case and are kept updated as the case proceeds. Our firm is available to assist you in your weapons case and may be able to secure a resolution in which your charges are lessened or thrown out entirely.
There are many illegal acts that can be charged as a weapons offense, including:
- Illegal possession of a weapon
- Possession of an illegal weapon/firearm
- Illegal distribution or sale of firearms
- Brandishing / displaying a firearm or deadly weapon
- Possession of a concealed weapon
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Domestic violence with the use of a weapon
- Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
Why You Need an Aggressive Defense Attorney
Weapons charges, especially those in which the weapon is used to commit violence against another, are very serious and can result in life-altering consequences should you be convicted. With your freedom at stake in your weapons case, you will want to do everything possible to make sure your rights are protected. An attorney can fight aggressively to uphold your rights for the duration of your case, which will increase your chances of a result that is desirable to you.
Information on Weapon Charges and Convictions
Although the United States Constitution gives American citizens the right to bear arms, there are a number of different restrictions that are placed on that right. These restrictions are imposed in an effort to control the role that firearms play in California society. Law enforcement continues to be committed to investigating individuals who may be violating firearms laws either through distribution, trafficking and sale, or lesser charges involving possession. California state law imposes serious penalties for many weapon charges that lead to conviction; the experience of a seasoned attorney at the firm may be the only thing between you and certain disaster.
There are many types of weapons violation that can occur, whether intentional or a simple mistake. Specific penalties depend heavily on factors such as the type of weapon involved, how the weapon was used, whether there was an attempt to conceal the weapon, where it was used, and prior convictions of the offender. Penalties can range anywhere from misdemeanors to full felony charges that offer multi-year prison terms that can increase exponentially.
The Legal Impact of a Weapon Charge
A weapons charge can create negative consequences in every aspect of your life. If convicted, you may face large fines, several years behind bars in a state or federal prison, and you will lose your privilege to carry a weapon. A conviction can also saddle you with a criminal record that will make finding a good job exceedingly difficult and living a normal life next to impossible.
Some common weapon charges include the following:
- Armed Robbery
- Felony Possession of a Firearm
- Illegal Discharge of a Firearm
- Possession of a Prohibited Weapon
- Illegal Sale or Trafficking of Firearms
Safeguard Your Future Freedoms
One of the most damaging aspects of a weapons charge is that it is often accompanied by other related charges and is used by many prosecutors as a way to increase the severity of the sentence you receive. A weapons charge could also constitute a federal offense, in which case you could face federal prosecutors and the heightened penalties associated with federal offenses. At Okabe & Haushalter, you can rest assured that we will not back down in the face of serious charges. We are a highly professional and deeply experienced firm, nationally recognized for our ability to win in the courtroom. Do not let a weapons charge stand in the way of your future.
Hire our firm and take the first step toward safeguarding your freedom.