Orange County Weapon Crime Lawyer
Weapon crimes, like gun crimes, in California can be punished very seriously. There are strict laws in place that limit the use and possession of certain types of weapon and firearms in the state. If you are charged and convicted of a weapon offense, you could face extensive jail time, fines, probation, community service and other harsh penalties. If you have been charged with a weapon crime in Orange County, you need to take the necessary steps to protect yourself and defend your rights. With the help of an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney at The Law Office of Bruce C. Bridgman, you can build a solid defense that is targeted at getting you the outcome that you desire.
What is a deadly weapon?
Some people make the mistake of believing that weapon charges are only related to firearms. While it is true that gun charges are often very serious and do represent a large percentage of such charges, you must remember that there are many different items that can qualify as a "deadly weapon" if used in a particular manner. For example, the following objects can be categorized as weapon if used in a threatening or physically harmful manner:
- Knives, including kitchen knives;
- Body parts, including feet, fists, elbows, head, etc.;
- Crowbars and other metal objects;
- Frying pans and other kitchen objects; and
- Rocks and other heavy objects
Assault with a Deadly Weapon
According to the California Penal Code § 245(a)(1), assault with a deadly weapon is a felony offense. This is considered an aggravated form of assault that can be committed with any type of deadly weapon, but most commonly a firearm whether it is loaded or unloaded. A person can be charged in this way if they injured someone or even if it was determined that injury was likely, although it was only threatened.
This is an aggravated form of robbery that involves the use of a deadly weapon. By its very nature, robbery is different from simple theft in that threatening is the means used to accomplish the theft. In many cases, the use of a deadly weapon is used to threaten. Just like assault with a deadly weapon, this crime can be carried out regardless of whether or not the gun was loaded.
Call Criminal Lawyer Bruce C. Bridgman!
If you have been charged with any type of weapon crime in California, you can receive the help you need from an attorney at their firm as soon as possible. Mr. Bridgman and his team are fully dedicated to offering you the best possible defense and service. Your defense will be uniquely tailor-made to your circumstances. Every situation is different and should be treated as such. Your attorney will be able to fully investigate every aspect leading up to your criminal charges in order to prepare an excellent defense on your behalf.