The National Crime Victimization Survey shows us that 467,321 people were a victim of a crime committed with a firearm in the year 2011 alone! When it comes to murder charges, 68% of the defendants used a firearm. Many of these crimes are committed by gangs, but not all. If you were charged with a gun crime in California, you may wonder what will happen in regards to your case and how we can help you raise a defense based on the circumstances.
Most Common Gun Crimes
Some crimes involving firearms are more prevalent than others. Here are some of the most common:
Possession of Illegal Firearms: If a gun is illegal, such as through an illegal alteration or owned by somebody not in the military, you could be charged with this crime.
Being a Felon with a Firearm: Somebody who has been convicted of a felony is not permitted to own a firearm.
Being Convicted of Domestic Violence: If somebody has been convicted of domestic violence, in many cases they will not be permitted to own a firearm.
Violation of Gun Control Laws: There are certain laws in every state that deal with what guns can be owned, what waiting periods must be met, and more. If you have violated one of these laws, you could be charged.
Defenses for Gun Crimes
Many people wonder: If I have committed a crime as serious as a firearm-related crime, are there any defenses I can use? The answer is yes, there are a few. However, this depends on how severe the crime was and the laws in your state. One of the most common defenses is self-defense. If somebody has threatened you with deadly force, you are able to act in self-defense. Another defense could be duress or intoxication. As there are many laws that dictate these crimes, you should speak to an attorney about your case as soon as possible. We are here for you at The Law Office of Peter Blair.