Have you been charged with violating one or more knife laws? In California, certain knives are illegal to carry, particularly if they are misleading or undetectable. In addition to laws pertaining to certain kinds of knives, there are also specific restrictions on carrying knives into public buildings, properties owned by the US government, and schools. California’s knife laws can be confusing and sometimes inconsistent. If you have been charged with a knife-related crime, a competent attorney who understands the ins and outs of California’s knife laws can asses your case and find the best defense strategy for you.
If you live or work in the Los Angeles area and are looking for a criminal defense attorney who will fight to protect your interests, you have come to the right place. I have more than 25 years of experience in the field of criminal defense and have exclusively limited my practice to this field. Whether you are facing state or federal charges of knife law violations, I can provide you with the knowledgeable and aggressive counsel you need.
California Knife Law Defense – What your charges may entail
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Violation of California’s knife carrying laws may result in misdemeanor or felony charges and, if convicted, may result in 1-3 years in a county jail or state prison. If you use a knife as a weapon, you may be sentenced to more jail time in addition to the time served for illegally carrying a knife. Laws and penalties vary depending on the type of knife, whether or not it is restricted, and whether or not it is legal to conceal it.
There are a number of defense strategies available to you if you are charged with violating knife laws. I can look over the details of your case in order to determine which of the following defenses will give you the best shot of avoiding fines or jail time and will result in the best possible outcome:
- Your knife is not in violation of concealed carry or restriction laws – Does your knife meet the criteria to be considered legal and unrestricted?
- Unknowingly carrying a prohibited knife – Were you unaware that you were in possession of the knife you have been accused of carrying? Were you unaware that the knife you were carrying was prohibited?
- Open Carry – Were you lawfully carrying a dirk or dagger openly?
- Illegal search – Did a law enforcement officer discover the knife in your possession as a result of an illegal search?
- Police misconduct – Were you arrested or did you give a confession as a result of police misconduct?
Let the Criminal Law Office of Robert Helfend Defend You!
If you have been charged with violating California knife laws, your best defense is a qualified, competent attorney. California’s knife laws can be confusing and difficult to navigate on your own. As a California defense attorney with over 30 years of experience, I understand the details of California’s knife laws and can develop the best defense strategy for your case. Contact my firm today if you are looking for an smart attorney who will aggressively fight your charges.