Firearms Offenses

Firearms Offenses

San Francisco Handgun and Firearms Attorney

California state law and United States federal law are extremely strict regarding firearms. Local, state and federal police officers and United States federal agents are required to make an arrest if they believe there is a violation. A person arrested on a handgun, assault weapon, or other firearms violation will face jail or prison depending upon the specific details of the offense.  If you or someone you know has been arrested and charged with any crime involving firearms, it is critical that you contact a California firearm offenses defense lawyer without delay. San Francisco Bay Area based attorney Robert Tayac has years of experience defending people charged with a firearm offenses, including:

  • Carrying a concealed firearm without a permit
  • Possessing a gun (concealed, loaded or otherwise with no permit)
  • Possessing a firearm by an ex-felon (concealed, loaded or otherwise with no permit)
  • Possession of firearms which are illegal in California
  • Possessing an assault weapon
  • Possessing a weapon (illegal weapons include knives, daggers, brass knuckles, and many martial arts weapons)
  • Brandishing a firearm (displaying or waving around a firearm)
  • Illegal discharge of a firearm
  • Selling a firearm illegally
  • Using a gun in committing a crime (assault, robbery, drug offenses)
  • Transporting firearms illegally
  • Assault with the use of a gun or other firearm

There are many laws regulating firearms in California and many more laws regulating firearms in the United States. For that reason, a firearms case can be complicated. The type and severity of the charges a person faces can change according to personal circumstances, location during the time of the alleged crime, whether the gun was loaded and whether it was concealed.

A person may also be charged with unlawful possession of a weapon for carrying such items as a stiletto, ballistic knife, switch blade, any double-edged bladed knife, a slingshot, blackjack, brass knuckles, nunchaku, kung fu sticks, shurikens, or other martial arts weapons. These cases may be charged as a felony or felonies or a serious misdemeanor.

Firearm Offenses Defense Lawyer in San Francisco

If convicted for a serious firearm offense, a person can spend years in state or federal prison.  Without an experienced criminal defense lawyer fighting for your defense, the likelihood of being convicted and incarcerated is increased.  A criminal conviction for possessing a firearm unlawfully can change a person’s life.  Those convicted of a firearms offense may have difficulty obtaining a good job, obtaining a professional license or security clearance, entering into a business partnership or renting a house or apartment.

Other legal restrictions flow when a convicted felon such as not having the right to vote if incarcerated or on parole. There are other serious restrictions and is only one aspect of life as a convicted felon.  For that reason it is very important that you protect your rights if you are arrested and charged with any firearm offense.

Dealing with criminal charges related to firearms are stressful because the future is uncertain.  However, if represented by a competent criminal defense lawyer you will increase the possibility of a better outcome in your case. Many cases involving an allegation or charge relating to possessing an unlawful handgun, firearm or other weapon stem from illegal searches or other violations of rights guaranteed by the Constitution.  A knowledgeable California criminal defense lawyer can challenge the search and seizure in an effort to have the evidence excluded from court proceedings. Ultimate outcome depends on several factors, such as the individual facts of a particular case, any prior criminal history of the accused, the type of weapon involved, whether the firearm was loaded, whether the handgun or other firearm was in proximity to drugs or narcotics, or whether any injuries occurred or could have occurred.

Contact Robert Tayac if you have been arrested and charged for any gun offense and are seeking a high quality, aggressive criminal defense lawyer to fight for your rights.