Los Angeles Gun Crime Attorney
If you face a gun crime charge in Southern California, the defense attorneys with the Miranda Rights Law Firm in Los Angeles can review the details of your case, compile evidence and witnesses on your behalf, and fight for the justice you deserve. Southern California gun crime attorney Douglas Miranda has more than a decade of criminal defense experience defending cases involving firearms offenses, like carrying a gun without the proper license, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and possession of illegal firearms. As your criminal defense lawyer, Attorney Miranda will protect your rights and bring your case to the best possible conclusion, offering sound legal advice and strategic, aggressive representation in the courts.
HOW TO LOSE YOUR RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
California law prohibits you from acquiring or possessing a firearm if you are:
- a minor;
- addicted to narcotics;
- a convicted felon;
- subject to a restraining order related to domestic disputes;
- convicted of certain misdemeanors; or
- a “mentally disordered” sex offender.
However, if you already have a firearm, that doesn’t mean that you will always have the right to keep it. If you are convicted for one of a variety of crimes in California, you can lose your right to possess or own a firearm for at least ten years. While this may not be the most severe possible penalty for a criminal conviction, if you work in a number of fields (such as law enforcement, private security, or firearm sales), losing your right to possess or own a firearm could seriously impact your employment and your future job opportunities. If you are charged with any crime in the Los Angeles area, discuss your legal rights and options at once with an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer. You could lose your right to own a firearm if you are convicted of crimes including but not limited to:
- a conviction of any felony charge in California;
- threatening a police officer;
- intimidating witnesses;
- possessing a deadly weapon with the intent to intimidate witnesses;
- sexual battery; or
- discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner.
Many Californians have lost their rights to own a firearm as the result of a domestic violence conviction. It doesn’t matter whether there has been actual harm to the victim. Related domestic violence charges such as stalking, threats, or harassment can also lead to the loss of your firearm rights. If you are the object of a Temporary Restraining Order, that may also prevent you from possessing a firearm.
An expungement of your conviction does not automatically restore your right to own a firearm. If you have a felony conviction, you’ll need to have it first reduced to a misdemeanor conviction and then have the conviction expunged. You may be subject to a lifetime gun possession ban if you were convicted of brandishing a gun or discharging it. If you are charged with any crime in southern California, get legal help immediately, and if you want to maintain possession of your firearms, consult at once with an experienced Los Angeles gun crimes lawyer who can determine if a conviction will jeopardize your firearms rights.
THE GUN VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDER
Under a bill signed into law by Governor Brown, anyone in California who believes that a close relative may commit gun violence can ask a judge to confiscate temporarily that person’s firearms effective as of January 1, 2016. Assembly Bill 1014 created the Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO), which will share the current Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) system. In the Los Angeles area, if you are charged or suspected of any firearms-related crime, arrange to speak at once with an experienced Los Angeles gun crimes attorney.
California law determines who may possess, carry, and use a firearm and what types of firearms are legal. Automatic weapons and several other types of guns are illegal in California. Convicted felons, most people on probation, juveniles convicted of serious crimes, and individuals subject to restraining orders related to domestic disputes already are not allowed to possess firearms in California. An experienced Los Angeles gun crimes attorney can represent defendants accused of weapons charges including but not limited to:
- brandishing a weapon;
- reckless discharge of a firearm;
- use of a deadly weapon;
- possession of illegal firearms; and
- illegal sale of a firearm.
Under Assembly Bill 1014, when someone’s firearms are seized with a GVRO, a full hearing must be conducted within 21 days. At the hearing, the petitioner has to prove by clear and convincing evidence that the subject is dangerous. If the petitioner prevails, a one-year GVRO can be issued and extended year-by-year with additional hearings. A GVRO will prohibit the subject from owning, purchasing, possessing, receiving, or attempting to purchase or receive a firearm or firearms ammunition.
If you are charged or being investigated in the Los Angeles area for violating any California firearms law, now or in the future, speak immediately with an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney. Help is here, but you must make the call.
EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND TENACITY
If California law prohibits you from owning a firearm and you are convicted of a violation, the penalties are considerable. A convicted felon who possesses a firearm, for example, can be punished by sixteen months to three years in a state prison, with fines up to $1000, or both. If you are charged with illegally possessing a firearm, Los Angeles gun crime attorney Douglas Miranda will review the facts of your arrest to make sure that the police acted in a legal and constitutionally sound manner.
If you use a gun in the commission of a crime in California and you are convicted of that crime, the penalty will invariably be harsher because a gun was involved. Criminal defense attorney Douglas Miranda has defended numerous clients accused of a variety of serious crimes that involved guns. He has the experience, knowledge, skills, and tenacity that you’re going to need from a California gun crime lawyer.
MAKE THE APPOINTMENT TODAY
If you’ve been charged with illegal gun possession or with any crime where a gun was used, put an experienced Los Angeles gun crime lawyer to work for you. After assessing your case, Douglas Miranda will outline your legal options and develop the most effective possible defense. Our law firm also handles many other cases, including cases involving drugs, white collar crimes and theft, DUI defense, violent crimes, gang crimes and beyond.
At the Miranda Rights Law Firm, we take our responsibility to our clients seriously, and we put our experience to work for you. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney, Los Angeles area clients are encouraged to send an email, or call 213-255-5838. Se habla español.