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Firearm Offenses

At the Law Offices of David S. Chesley, we have many years of experience defending those charged with a variety of firearm offenses, including the following:

  • Assault with the use of a gun or other firearm
  • Simple possession of an unlicensed firearm also known as firearm possession without a legal permit is a felony. The minimum sentence for simple possession of an unlicensed firearm has just increased from one year in prison to three and half years. It must be loaded and outside your home or place of business to qualify for these punishments; otherwise, it is a misdemeanor.
  • Unlawful discharge of a firearm
  • Possessing a firearm when a convicted felon
  • Possession of firearms illegal in the state of California (possession of an assault weapon) is a felony, whether or not it is loaded and whether or not you had an intention to use it.
  • Possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device, such a magazine for a pistol that can hold more than ten rounds, is a felony.
  • Sale of firearms or selling a firearm llegally is an especially complex area; there are restrictions on selling guns to minors, secondary sales, etc. It is a felony to sell firearms without a license.
  • Carrying a concealed firearm without a legal permit to do so
  • Transporting firearms illegally

Other crimes can result in enhanced sentences simply if they involve the use of a gun. If you have a loaded firearm during a robbery, you can get up to 25 years in prison. Even if you just pretend you have a gun, you can get up to 15 years in prison.

One of the main criminal law Code sections dealing with firearms in California is California Penal Code section 12020, which is shown here below.

California Penal Code § 12020. Manufacture, importation, sale, possession;

(a) Any person in this state who does any of the following is punishable by
imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year or in the state prison:

(1) Manufactures or causes to be manufactured, imports into the state,
keeps for sale, or offers or exposes for sale, or who gives, lends, or possesses
any cane gun or wallet gun, any undetectable firearm, any firearm which is not
immediately recognizable as a firearm, any camouflaging firearm container, any
ammunition which contains or consists of any fléchette dart, any bullet
containing or carrying an explosive agent, any ballistic knife, any multiburst
trigger activator, any nunchaku, any short-barreled shotgun, any short-
barreled rifle, any metal knuckles, any belt buckle knife, any leaded cane, any
zip gun, any shuriken, any unconventional pistol, any lipstick case knife, any
cane sword, any shobi-zue, any air gauge knife, any writing pen knife, any
metal military practice handgrenade or metal replica handgrenade, or any
instrument or weapon of the kind commonly known as a blackjack, slungshot,
billy, sandclub, sap, or sandbag.

Domestic Voilence

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is one of the most commonly reported in California and every year hundreds and thousands of domestic crime cases are registered.

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Assault and Battery

Assault and battery are often charged together, but these are not interchangeable criminal offenses.

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Assault with a deadly weapon

Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Being charged with aggravated assault (also known as assault with a deadly weapon), is a serious criminal charge.

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Resisting Arrest

When a suspect is uncooperative, dismissive or verbally indignant, some officers take it personally. People who have committed no crime suddenly find themselves facing bogus criminal charges.

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Criminal Threats

A criminal threat is often referred as ‘terrorist threat’ in California even though the statute no longer uses this term to define the offense.

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Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

Unlawful Possession of a Firearm is strictly illegal.

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Recent Results

  • Multiple defendants each facing 7 years charged with smuggling prescription drugs into California from Mexico our client was the only defendant who received NO JAIL TIME!

  • Client facing 5 years for possession of deadly weapon we negotiated a plea for NO JAIL TIME!

  • Client facing 3 life terms for multiple felony counts of Child Molestation and Sodomy with child we proved the charges were fabricated by victims mother DISMISSAL of all charges at preliminary hearing!

  • Strike case: Client charged with possession of methamphetamine facing 25 years we filed a Romero Motion which was granted case REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR!

  • Client's estranged girlfriend alleged Client broke into her room and choked her facing 14 years in State Prison we won at trial JURY ACQUITTAL.

  • Police allegedly discovered 3 bags of marijuana in client's glove box faced 6 years we filed a 1538.5 motion to suppress resulting in DISMISSAL of all charges!

  • Client allegedly sold rock cocaine to undercover officer faced 10 years following our argument client received NO JAIL TIME!

  • Client facing 15 years for Armed Robbery we proved misidentification Judge DISMISSED the case!

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