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Fresno Weapons Crimes Defense Lawyer

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Even the most basic of weapons crimes can be quite serious. Often, a weapons charge will be filed because you were found or seen with a gun, and these can be difficult to defend. Not only does the idea of someone—usually someone accused of also being a criminal street gang member—carrying a gun down the street scare the average juror, but many times the case seems open and shut: you either had the gun or you didn’t. I’ve handled some cases where the District Attorney filed weapons charges based on finding a picture of someone holding a gun!

If you or a loved one has been charged with a weapons-related crime, contact a Fresno weapons crimes attorney today at (559) 540-8899. I am always available when you need me most.

Penalties for Weapons Crimes in California

“Weapons crimes” are not limited to crimes where someone has been accused of having a gun. Sometimes, another crime (such as robbery) is charged, along with a weapons enhancement. This can quickly elevate your “exposure"—the amount of time you could get in prison—from a few years for a crime without a gun to life in prison.

Penal Code 12022.53 adds a consecutive sentence to a felony, and impacts nearly 20 crimes in this way:

  • 10 years in prison for “using” a gun
  • 20 years for firing a gun
  • 25 years to life for killing or seriously injuring another person with a gun

Think about that: commit a crime without a gun and your exposure may be, say, five years, but the same crime involving a gun and resulting in a death suddenly becomes 30-years-to-life. And that’s just for that crime plus the gun. That’s even if you don’t get charged with murder!

Throw in some gang charges, and you don’t even have to be the one who personally used the gun. It could have been another person—it could be you don’t even know which person did it—but because you’re all supposedly in this “gang crime” together, you can be deemed to have “personally” used the gun. Even though you didn’t.

Other times, it is the type of gun that results in a charge; for example, when the allegation is that the weapon was of an illegal type, such as an automatic weapon, or a weapon allegedly modified for concealment.

Despite the difficulties of fighting a case where you were caught, say, with a gun on your person, such cases can be fought. That’s why you need a Fresno weapons crimes attorney with a proven track record.

Weapons crimes, of course, don’t just involve guns. If you’re facing charges for knives, dirks, daggers, or explosives, don’t take chances with your liberty; call (559) 540-8899 and ask for criminal defense attorney Rick Horowitz today!

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