Los Angeles Weapons Offense Attorney
WHY IS LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE LEGISLATURE TAKING GUN LAWS SO SERIOUSLY AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO PRESERVE YOUR RIGHTS?
The short answer is that political pressure has caused law enforcement, prosecutors and judges to use there resources to wage a war on guns and the only way to protect yourself is to find the best possible attorney you can find. As we have seen across the country, there have been shootings at schools and in public places where innocent unarmed people are being killed. Recently the President of the United States has made it clear that this vicious cycle must stop. Parents do not feel that their children are safe in schools and these are the most powerful undertones for a shift in gun policies across the Nation and in Los Angeles I have seen over the past 20 years of defending gun cases.
In countries like England, they do not have the same type of gun issues that we do in the United States. If you are caught with a gun in England, the punishment is swift and harsh! I see our country moving in that direction more and more. So, if you have a gun / weapons charge in Los Angeles County the key thing that your defense attorney must show the judge and the prosecutor, in my opinion, is that your actions are not in line with the critical political issues that face this county. We must show that you are possessing your gun for your own protection and you have no mind to use it against innocent people. This is done by pointing out the facts and circumstances surrounding your case, giving the prosecutor and judge a view of your life in a positive light and making sure that the powers that be are not permitted to trample on your constitutional rights!
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IF I HAVE A WEAPONS CHARGE IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY?
Weapons charges in Los Angeles are taken very seriously by law enforcement, prosecutors and judges. In a city as densely populated as Los Angeles, it is crucial for the police to control the use and possession of guns. Combine this with gang violence and law enforcement’s legitimate concern that they have the potential to be out gunned, you better believe that these types of cases have a political undertone that only the most savvy criminal defense attorneys are prepared to deal with.
If you love your freedom to own, use or possess guns, this is a hotly contested issue when it comes to weapons cases in Los Angeles. You can bet your bottom dollar that the prosecutors are angling to take your weapons rights away for good if given the opportunity. Again, this is what seasoned criminal attorneys are battling against on a daily basis in all of the courts in L.A.
WHAT ARE THE TYPE OF CASES THAT CAN CAUSE ME TO LOSE MY RIGHT TO OWN, USE OR POSSESS A GUN?
The legislature has been coming up with ways to take people’s gun rights away for years. Examples of just a few of the circumstances that raise this issue are: Domestic Violence cases (if it is a felony you lose your gun rights for life and if it is a misdemeanor you are typically losing your gun rights for 10 years or more). If a person is convicted of any felony, they lose their gun rights for life. There has been an assault weapon ban in effect at both the state and federal level. Guns that were once legal to buy are not illegal and if an individual is in possession of certain enumerated weapons they will be prosecuted.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST STRATEGY TO MINIMIZE THE EFFECTS OF A WEAPONS CHARGE?
Over the course of the past 25 years I have represented many clients related to weapons offenses in the Los Angeles court system. Weapons related charges have always been highly political and it is my job to minimize the effects these offenses have on my clients rights, career and life. This starts with letting the judge and the prosecutor know my client’s positive life story that shows them as a citizen that does not deserve a severe punishment. To do this, only the most savvy of criminal defense attorney know what arguments to make and when to make them.
When I go about painting a positive picture of my client, I like to start by learning about them and their family. Character letters are always something I think begins the process of showing all of the positive influences my client’s have had on those around them. If they have family and friends that care about them and can say wonderful things about them, this is the start of turning the tide in the client’s favor. Another area that is imperative to a great result is to convince the prosecutor that the weapon in question was not possessed for some sinister purpose. Possessing weapons for legitimate reasons can definitely help take the bite out of the prosecutor’s argument in these cases.
Lastly, many strategies related to weapons related offenses spin on the particular facts of the case at hand. The more dangerous the circumstances of a weapon case are, the more likely the prosecutors will seek prison and a life time ban on possessing weapons. You have to start with the presumption in mind that if a person is using a weapon to commit a crime and is using that same weapon to gain an advantage on the public or community, the prosecutors are going to want to punish that person and take away their right to ever use a weapon in that way again. However, there are circumstances where it is not fair that a particular person lose their right to bare arms. The only chance you have to achieve the best result, in my opinion, is to have an advocate on your side that knows the ins and outs of the gun laws, has respect in the courthouse where your case is pending and is a powerful advocate for their client’s rights!