Weapons Offenses

The Law Offices of Chester & Lewkowicz represents individuals charged with the following gun and other weapons offenses:

  • Gun Possession (concealed, loaded or otherwise with no permit)
  • Ex-Felon in Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of an Assault Weapon
  • Possessing an illegal Weapon – illegal weapons include knives, daggers, brass knuckles, nunchucks and other martial arts weapons
  • Brandishing a Firearm
  • Discharge of a Firearm
  • Unlawful Sale of a Firearm
  • Using a Firearm in Committing a Crime (assault, robbery, drug offenses)

Deadly Weapons are not just guns. – California criminal law defines “deadly weapon” very broadly and includes weapons listed above plus many more items, including box cutters and tear gas, or even keys, a car, or your own fist if used to harm someone.

California Gun Law
Gun and weapons charges are aggressively prosecuted in California. Most carry the prospect of jail time or time in State Prison, expensive fines, and a criminal record that may make it difficult to obtain future employment and housing.

In general, a weapons offense is a felony under California law, but possession can be charged as a misdemeanor in some cases. The penalties will vary depending on a number of circumstances including the type of weapon involved, what the weapon was used for, whether it was loaded and / or concealed, the defendant’s criminal record, and other factors that may affect a person’s sentence.

Defenses for Weapons Charges
Many weapons arrests are based on evidence collected during searches, seizures and witness interrogations. If the police illegally searched you, your home or your car a skilled attorney can get the evidence thrown out of court on constitutional grounds!

An experienced California criminal defense attorney also investigates if the gun or other weapon was used in self defense or defense of property, an accident, or protecting another person from being the victim of a life-threatening offense.