Los Angeles Armed Criminal Action Lawyers
Los Angeles is a large metropolitan area with a population of nearly 4 million people. Moreover, the Los Angeles Police Department is among the largest police forces in the country, with almost 10,000 sworn officers who are responsible for keeping the peace in a city with a high crime rate.
The LAPD has a special unit that deals with armed criminals, and they are very good at their job. If you have been charged with armed criminal action, you need to hire a Los Angeles violent crime defense lawyer who can help you defend your rights.
Armed criminal action is a serious charge, and if you are convicted, you could face some severe penalties. These include a prison sentence, a fine, and possibly even the death penalty. Your attorney will review the evidence against you and help you develop a defense strategy. Do not try to defend yourself against armed criminal action charges without an attorney. The consequences are simply too severe. Contact a Los Angeles armed criminal action attorney at Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP today to protect your rights.
California Penal Code 25800 is a law that makes it illegal to carry a weapon with the intent to commit a crime. This law is often used in addition to other charges, such as robbery or burglary. No specific data has been gathered on how common this charge is, but it is likely not very common. This is because most people who carry weapons do so for self-protection and are not planning to commit a crime.
Moreover, it is important to note that these charges are not the same as “brandishing” a weapon. “Brandishing” a weapon is when someone waves or displays a weapon in a threatening manner. “Carrying a weapon with the intent to commit a crime” is when someone plans to use the weapon they are carrying to commit a crime; they do not need to be brandishing it at any time.
The potential punishments for armed criminal action depend on the specific facts of the case and the criminal history of the defendant. However, because this is a serious charge, the potential punishments are severe.
A defendant convicted of armed criminal action can be sentenced to anywhere from one year in county jail to 16 years in state prison. Moreover, the defendant will likely enter probation and have a fine (which carries additional fees). Lesser sentences, such as one year in county jail, are often for misdemeanors, whereas felony offenders can face two to 16 years in California state prison.
A few common defenses to armed criminal action charges are used in court. The most common is self-defense, which is used if the defendant can show that they only used force because they reasonably believed that they, or someone else, was in imminent danger of being harmed.
Other common defenses include:
- Illegal search and seizure
- Insufficient evidence
- Statute of limitations
The statute of limitations for armed criminal action offenses in California is three years. This means that the prosecution must bring charges within three years of the date of the offense. If they do not, the defendant can use this as a defense and have the charges against them dismissed.
An experienced lawyer can help you navigate the criminal justice system, protect your rights, and fight for the best possible outcome in your case.
If you have been charged with armed criminal action, contact a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer at Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP today. Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys will review your case and help you develop a strong defense. Call us now at (213) 688-0460 to schedule a free consultation.
Recent Case Results
- Complete Dismissal of Molestation Charges
Attorney Mark Werksman’s 29 year old client was falsely accused of molesting two neighborhood children and was subsequently charged with felony child molestation, with a significant prison sentence hanging over his head should he be convicted. Instead, at the preliminary hearing Werksman was able to convince the court to grant his client a complete dismissal of any charges.
- Decision Set Aside
Client, a college student in a faulty Title IX case, was awarded $130,000 in attorney fees.
- Probation with No Jail Time for Drug Money Laundering Charge
Wilmington man accused in New York federal court of laundering drug money through the sale of laptop computers. Mark was able to get the case transferred to federal court in Los Angeles, where he convinced the United States Attorney to reduce the charges. His client was sentenced to probation with no jail time on a misdemeanor conviction.