Weapons Charges

Riverside Weapons Offense Attorney

Put Years of Experience in Your Corner

Gun sales in California increased 250 percent over the recent decade. The more weapons there are in the state, the more opportunities that prosecutors have to charge owners with weapons crimes. In California, weapons offenses carry a wide range of penalties depending on what the defendant did with the weapon and their criminal intent.

Penalties for Weapons Charges 

Regardless, even a misdemeanor can mean a serious penalty. Misdemeanor weapons charges may be punished with a jail sentence of up to a year. Felony weapons charges can result in jail time of up to 20 years. 

If a weapons charge is added to another violent crime, it can add even more prison time to the sentence. Defendants who possess a gun when committing a felony can see an extra ten years added to their sentence.

California has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. Among those who are barred from owning a gun in the state are those who:

  • Are convicted felons
  • Addicted to a narcotic
  • Are suffering from serious mental illness
  • Have been convicted of a serious misdemeanor

Beyond that, California is not a concealed carry state, meaning that people need permits to carry concealed weapons. It is also illegal to carry a loaded weapon in public. Some weapons possession crimes can even be charged as felonies.

Penalties for a first-time gun charge in California?

Sentencing for gun charges in California can vary widely depending on the specific circumstances of the offense, including the type of firearm involved, any prior criminal record, and the nature of the crime committed. Generally, penalties for first-time offenders convicted of gun-related offenses in California may include fines, probation, and/or imprisonment.

For example, a first-time offender convicted of unlawfully carrying a concealed firearm (a misdemeanor) may face up to one year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

However, if the offense is more serious, such as possession of a firearm by a felon or committing a violent crime with a firearm, the penalties can be much more severe, including longer prison sentences.

Weapons Penalties Can Escalate

The penalties for gun charges are steeper when the defendant has used the weapon in a crime. Even the misdemeanor crime of brandishing a weapon can mean a minimum of three months in prison.

There are ways to defend against weapons charges in California. You need a weapons offense defense attorney who understands how prosecutors investigate and charge these offenses.

First, your attorney can demonstrate that you did not actually break the law because you had a right to carry the firearm. You either did not fall into a prohibited class or had the permit to carry the

Weapons charges often depend on the physical evidence against you. This comes both in the form of the weapon itself and witness testimony. Your attorney can challenge the evidence against you as being illegally obtained without a proper warrant. 

One common successful defense is that police did not have probable cause to stop you and search you for a weapon. They might also attack the credibility of the witnesses and present your own evidence that contradicts what they are saying.

Police may also be wrongfully charging you with an assault because your conduct did not meet the elements of the crime. Many times, your gun charge is an added criminal count that goes along with another alleged crime. However, you may not be guilty of that crime. For example, police could be adding a gun charge to the crime of burglary, but they cannot prove the underlying offense.

Contact a Riverside Gun Charges Lawyer

If you have been charged with a weapons offense, contact DeLimon Law for an initial consultation. Daniel DeLimon is an experienced former prosecutor with detailed knowledge of weapons charges. 

Every case has its challenges and you need the best legal representation. If you are facing criminal charges call Daniel DeLimon today for a free consultation at our local number (951) 382-5559

Call us at (951) 382-5559 or contact us online if you or a loved one faces weapons charges. 


Elite Criminal Defense

Choose An Attorney you Can trust
  • 4-Time Attorney of the Year
  • Former Prosecutor
  • Death Penalty Qualified
  • Widely Respected By Legal Community
  • High-Profile Case and Media Experience
  • 17 Years Proven Trial Experience
Meet Attorney DeLimon
Daniel DeLimon focuses exclusively on criminal defense cases, and prides himself on using his many years of criminal investigation and jury trial experience to skillfully and aggressively defend his clients.
Learn More
Our Case Results We Seek Victory in Every Case
  • Forcible Rape Charges Dismissed

    Client facing “forcible rape charge” in juvenile court trial had his charges dropped mid-trial. This outcome was ...

  • Client Facing Life Sentence Found Not Guilty of All Charges

    Client facing life in prison for “Three Strikes” serious assault case was found not guilty of all charges and was freed ...

  • Attempted Murder Charges Dismissed

    Client facing life in prison on attempt murder charges had attempted murder charges dismissed and he was later released. ...