Los Angeles Federal Weapons Charges Defense Attorney
Diligently Protecting Your Freedom & Firearm Rights
The Second Amendment protects your right to bear arms, but if you abuse this constitutional right, you could lose it. California is one of the strictest firearm states, requiring gun owners to satisfy several requirements to legally exercise their right to own a firearm.
California’s firearm laws are complex and very fluid, as legislation continues to change every year by including extra regulations, requirements and penalties for those who violate them. Thus, our Los Angeles weapons charges defense lawyer understands that you may have unintentionally committed an offense or ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time.
As a certified specialist in criminal law, attorney Joseph Shemaria offers the top-tier competence and qualifications needed to help you combat your weapons crime accusations. Shemaria Law Offices has handled hundreds of jury trials in both state and federal courts, therefore we can stand up for your rights no matter who we’re up against.
Who Cannot Possess a Firearm in CA?
Generally, those who are convicted of certain criminal offenses are prohibited from owning a firearm in California. Although there are certain exceptions, the following rules apply:
- Any person convicted of any felony or any violent offense
- Any person convicted of an offense under Penal Code section 23515
- Any person with two or more convictions for violating Penal Code section 417, subdivision (a)(2)
- Any person adjudicated to be a mentally disordered sex offender
- Any person found by a court to be mentally incompetent to stand trial or not guilty because of insanity of any crime, unless the court has made a finding of restoration of competence or sanity
10-Year Prohibitions: Any person convicted of a certain misdemeanor violation.
5-Year Prohibitions: Any person taken into custody as a danger to themselves or others, assessed, and admitted to a mental health facility. Certain people may be subject to a lifetime prohibition according to federal law.
Juvenile Prohibitions: Juveniles adjudged wards of the juvenile court are prohibited until they reach age 30 if they committed certain offenses.
- Any person denied firearm possession as a condition of probation
- Any person charged with a felony offense, pending resolution of the matter
- Any person while he or she is either a voluntary patient in a mental health facility or under a gravely disabled conservatorship (due to a mental disorder or impairment by chronic alcoholism) and if he or she is found to be a danger to self or others
- Any person addicted to the use of narcotics
- Any person who communicates a threat (against any reasonably identifiable victim) to a licensed psychotherapist which is subsequently reported to law enforcement, is prohibited for six months
- Any person who is subject to a protective order, or a temporary restraining order
Types of Weapons Offenses
Various illegal acts involving a firearm or other deadly weapon could get you in deep trouble with the law. Considering how strict California treats weapons crimes, it’s in your best interests to learn some of the state’s highly-pursued weapons charges. They include, but aren’t limited to the following:
- Assaulting another or others with a deadly weapon
- Illegally possessing, selling or transferring firearms or other deadly weapons
- Carrying a loaded firearm in public
- Drive-by shootings
- Carrying a concealed weapon without a license
- Openly carrying an unloaded handgun
- Carrying an unregistered handgun
- Obliterating or altering firearm identification
- Illegally possessing a firearm on school grounds, in a courtroom, the state capitol, etc.
- Drawing or exhibiting a firearm
- Discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner
- Criminal storage
- Selling, transferring and loaning firearms to minors
Since 1970, our Los Angeles weapons charges defense lawyer has fought tirelessly for clients to maintain their freedom. By providing superior expertise, tried-and-true representation and compassionate counsel, Shemaria Law Offices is the trusted law firm for even the most serious weapons charges.
Over 50 Years of Legal Experience
Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the Board of Legal Specialization, California State Bar
Handled State & Federal Cases in 24 Individual States
Tried Over 275 Cases to a Jury
First & Youngest Attorney Ever Appointed to a Death Penalty Case
Member of the L.A. County Bar Association