Los Angeles & Ventura County Weapons Defense Attorney
Firearms & Dangerous Weapons Offenses

Attorney Jennifer Monroe has over 15 years experience handling crimes involving the use and possession of deadly or dangerous weapons and firearms.

Weapon Offense Penalties
If convicted of a weapon offense in Los Angeles or Ventura county you could be subject to the following terms and conditions: jail or state prison, fines and fees, anger management classes if weapon was used, court stay away orders, restitution, do not own, use, or possess deadly weapons or firearms, court order to destroy the weapon involved, submit your person, home, and vehicle to search and seizure for weapons with or without a warrant. Felony convictions will result in permanent loss of your right to own or possess firearms. Some misdemeanor convictions result in loss of your right to own or possess firearms for ten years.

How to Defend a Weapons Case
You may be eligible for a dismissal, reduced charge, or 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 Weapon Offenses
Below you will find a list of some of the most common weapon crimes. All references are to the California Penal Code (pc). Click on each crime to learn more about their definitions, penalties, and how Jennifer Monroe can help you.

The summary is intended to give you an overview of what you may be facing, but does not include all of the consequences and potential defenses. Please contact Jennifer Monroe directly for more information about the crimes listed.

Jennifer Monroe has personally handled all of the crimes listed below. If you have trouble locating a crime below, please contact Jennifer Monroe directly, she has likely handled that crime before and can help you.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon California Penal Code 245 pc
Assault with a deadly weapon is a felony strike offense in violation of California Penal Code 245(a)(1) pc punishable by up to 4 years in state prison. If the offense involves a firearm in violation of California Penal Code 245(a)(2) pc the offense is a strike and the penalty could go up to 12 years in state prison or more if the firearm was actually used. The fine is up to $10,000 plus penalty assessments and fees which could be substantial.

Assault with a deadly weapon in violation of California Penal Code 245(a)(1) pc are felony wobblers which means that they can be reduced to a misdemeanor by the judge or prosecutor. If reduced to a misdemeanor the offense is no longer a strike. Jennifer Monroe can help you get your case reduced. Please contact Jennifer Monroe directly to see how she can help.

Possession of Dangerous Weapons / Possession of a Dirk or Dagger – California Penal Code 12020 pc
Many concealed weapons are illegal to possess in violation of California Penal Code 12020(a)(1) pc. For example, having any of the following items in your possession is a violation of carrying a concealed weapon: billyclub, throwing star, nunchucks, short-barreled shot gun, metal knuckles, and cain sword. (See Penal Code Section 12020 for a complete list).

In addition, certain knives, also known as dirks or daggers are prohibited from being carried concealed on your person in violation of California Penal Code 12020(a)(4).

Violations of California Penal Code 12020(a)(1) and 12020(a)(4) pc are felonies but may be reduced to a misdemeanors by the judge or prosecutor because it is a wobbler. These offenses are punishable up to 3 years in state prison. The court will also require the weapon be destroyed and that you do not possession any weapons if granted probation.

Ex-felon Possession of Firearm or Ammo – California Penal Code 12021 pc
Commonly known as ex-con with a gun. Persons convicted of felonies are prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.
Possession of a firearm by an ex-felon is a felony and is punishable up to 3 years in jail. The court will also order the weapon destroyed.

Possession of Firearms – California Penal Code 12025 pc, 12031 pc
Carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle or on your person in a public place is a felony but in some cases may be reduced to a misdemeanor by the judge or prosecutor.

Unlawful possession of a firearm described above is punishable up to 3 years in state prison. The court will also the firearm destroyed.

Probation Violations by Owning or Possessing a Weapon – California Penal Code 1203.2 pc
If the court ordered you not to own or possess a firearm or other dangerous weapon you can be found in violation of probation.

At the time of your plea to the underlying case you should have been told the minimum and maximum penalty for the charge you plead to. The court can sentence you up to the maximum penalty for an internal violation of failing to comply with your specific terms and conditions of probation, plus additional jail time if you committed a new offense.

See Probation Violations for more information on how Jennifer Monroe can help defend you against your probation violation.

Possession of a Gun or Weapon at the Airport – California Penal Code 171.5 pc
Possession of certain items within any sterile area at the airport are prohibited.

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

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.

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.

Violation of Protective Order by Owning or Possessing a Firearm – California Penal Code 166 pc
Violation of a protective order requires the willful disobedience of the terms of a court that restrains or regulates contact between two people.
If you have a restraining order against you, you are prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm.

Violation of a protective order is a misdemeanor punishable up to 1 year in local jail. Depending on the type of violation, a $5,000 plus mandatory penalty assessments and fees may apply.

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Los Angeles and Ventura County Assault and Battery Defense Attorney
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