Possession of a Deadly Weapon
Under California Penal Code 12020, it is a crime to be in possession of an illegal or deadly weapon. The crime of possessing a deadly weapon is a wobbler. This means the prosecutor can charge this crime as a felony or a misdemeanor. A felony conviction can result in up to 3 years of imprisonment. A misdemeanor conviction can result in up to 1 year in jail.
Besides possessing an illegal or deadly weapon, it is also illegal under Penal Code 12020 to unlawfully:
- Cause to be manufactured
- Keep for sale
- Offer or expose for sale
The penal code provides a long list of weapons that fall under this penal code, which can be found here. Being in possession of a something that can be used as a weapon is not enough, by itself, to be convicted of this crime. The prosecutor must prove you fit all required elements of the crime for the conviction.
Call the Law Offices of Nam Q. Doan | OC Legal Defense today at (714)248-3626 if you are facing a possession of a deadly weapon charge. An Orange County deadly weapon attorney can help you stay out of jail and avoid a conviction.