Los Angeles & Ventura County Airport Crimes Defense Attorney
AIRPORT CRIMES
California Penal Code 171.5 pc

Airport Crimes Criminal Defense Attorney Jennifer Monroe can defend you if you are facing criminal charges for an Airport Crime that occurred at any Airport in Los Angeles County. The major airports are:

Burbank Bob Hope Airport
Long Beach Municipal Airport
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Attorney Jennifer Monroe developed extensive experience with crimes committed at the Airport during her years as a prosecuting City Attorney for the City of Burbank, home of the Bob Hope Airport also known as the Burbank Airport. Jennifer Monroe prosecuted hundreds of cases involving airport crimes at the Burbank Airport.

How to Defend an Airport Crime
Now as criminal defense attorney, Jennifer Monroe uses her vast background, training, and experience in Airport Crimes to defend you. The best way to attack a bring a prohibited item into the airport charge is to establish that you did not “knowingly possess” the item. Jennifer Monroe understands that an innocent mistake of not checking your bag before you left home could land you in handcuffs at the airport. She will fight to have your case reduced or dismissed.

You may be eligible for an office hearing, dismissal, or lesser charge that qualifies you for diversion or other jail alternative. Jennifer Monroe will meet with you to review your case and your background. She will also:

  • Fight to protect your rights.
  • Research the defenses that apply to your case.
  • Initiate investigation to prove you are innocent.
  • Review the facts with you to determine if a lesser charge is appropriate. 
  • Present mitigating factors about you and your case to the judge and prosecutor.
  • Negotiate the best possible result for your case.

Common Airport Crimes

POSSESSION OF A PROHIBITED ITEM AT THE AIRPORT California Penal Code 171.5 pc
The most common Airport crime is Possession of a Prohibited Item at the Airport in violation of California Penal Code 171.5 pc. However, you can be charged at an airport with any violation of California law. See Crimes A-Z for a list of other crimes you can be charged with at the airport.

In California, Penal Code 171.5 pc prohibits possession of certain items within any sterile area at the airport are prohibited.

What is a Sterile Area at the Airport?

A sterile area of an airport begins at the area where you submit to screening at the security checkpoint by the Transportation Security Agency also known as TSA or airport security.

What is Prohibited at the Airport?
The following are of some of the prohibited items: firearms, knifes, box cutters, grenades, imitation firearm, magazine for a firearm, tear gas, stun gun, BB gun, and ammunition.

California law also applies at the airport therefore it is illegal to possess other contraband as well, for example drugs and drug paraphernalia. See Crimes A-Z for a list of other crimes you can be charged with at the airport.

What is the punishment for Possession of a Prohibited Item at an Airport?
Possession of a Prohibited Item at the Airport is a misdemeanor punishable up to 6 months in local jail and or a $1,000 fine plus mandatory penalty assessments and fees. After mandatory penalty assessments and fees a $1,000 fine could cost you almost $4,000.

The court may also order a restraining order from the airport and restitution for any costs of evacuation of the airport if one occurred.

AIRPORT CRIMES CASE RESULTS
POSSESSION OF A DEADLY WEAPON / PROHIBITED ITEM AT THE AIRPORT California Penal Code 12020 pc and 171.5 pc

OFFICE HEARING IN LIEU OF FILING Airport Courthouse, Los Angeles
Client was facing felony and misdemeanor criminal liability for possessing knives in his backpack when he went through the security check point at the airport. Jennifer Monroe represented the client at an Office Hearing. Jennifer Monroe convinced the City Attorney that the client had forgot that the knives were in the backpack and did not intend to bring them into the sterile area of the airport. The City Attorney then rejected the case and no charges were filed.

CASE DISMISSED Long Beach
Client was an airplane pilot for a charter airline company. Client forgot his loaded gun magazine was in his flight bag. Client was charged with violation of California Penal Code 171.5 pc for trying to board the plane with the gun magazine in his bag. If convicted he could lose his pilots license. Los Angeles Airport Crime Defense Attorney Jennifer Monroe developed a case in mitigation and was able to get the 171.5 pc charge dismissed for a fine and saved his license to fly.

See Results for more examples of how Jennifer Monroe has helped defend her clients.

Los Angeles and Ventura County Airport Crimes Defense Attorney

Call Jennifer Monroe directly at (805) 501-1880 for immediate assistance with your Airport Crime case.

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