California Weapons Possession Defense
Carrying a weapon such as a gun, ammunition, a knife, switchblade or
other illegal item can often be a mistake or an oversight but if you have
a deadly or dangerous weapon on your person or in your car or your
luggage, the Burbank authorities will prosecute you.   The mere
possession of these items can be a felony offense.  Commonly, a
person may be arrested at the airport after a screener detects and
locates one of the illegal weapons in a person's luggage or carry on bag.  
The TSA and Department of Homeland Security will aggressively
prosecute all persons who are caught trying to bring a weapon on any
airplane.  

Bob Hope Airport security can often be overly tenacious in arrested and
prosecuting decent law abiding people who accidentally bring a weapon
into the terminal inside their luggage.

In most cases, the person does not even know the weapon is on them
or in their bag. California Statutory law in the area is complex, the most
common type of crime charged is codified as follows:
Penal Code § 12020 provides the law on weapons possession;
(a)  Any person in this state who does any of the following is
punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year or
in the state prison:
(1)  Manufactures or causes to be manufactured, imports into the state,
keeps for sale, or offers or exposes for sale, or who gives, lends, or
possesses any cane gun or wallet gun, any undetectable firearm, any
firearm which is not immediately recognizable as a firearm, any
camouflaging firearm container, any ammunition which contains or
consists of any fléchette dart, any bullet containing or carrying an
explosive agent, any ballistic knife, any multiburst trigger activator, any
nunchaku, any short–barreled shotgun, any short–barreled rifle, any
metal knuckles, any belt buckle knife, any leaded cane, any zip gun,
any shuriken, any unconventional pistol, any lipstick case knife, any
cane sword, any shobi–zue, any air gauge knife, any writing pen knife,
any metal military practice handgrenade or metal replica handgrenade,
or any instrument or weapon of the kind commonly known as a
blackjack, slungshot, billy, sandclub, sap, or sandbag.

The Los Angeles District Attorney and the local prosecutorial agencies
such as Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena all have very strict
enforcement policies regarding the enforcement of California criminal
laws relating to the possession of illegal weapons.  The law makes the
offense either a felony or a misdemeanor.  Often, a local criminal
defense attorney can step in an convince the prosecutor to file the case
as a misdemeanor which spares the defendant the possibility of being
regarded as a convicted felon. Thereby  avoiding prison, serious
immigration consequences and a permanently damaged record.

In the city of Burbank, we have had tremendous success in defending
this particular offense.  For example, recently we persuaded the city
attorney to grant our client an opportunity to get his case dismissed
following the completion of community service.  In another case we
obtained a dismissal of the felony charge after meeting early on with the
prosecutor and explaining the circumstances surrounding the possession
of the weapon.  Contact the local
Burbank Criminal Defense Lawyer
today to discuss your case.  Having a dangerous weapon does not
always have to result in a criminal conviction, these cases can and
should be fought.

If you or someone close to you is facing a weapons possession charge
from the Burbank Airport, out attorneys can help. Call our criminal
defense team today for a free consultation 1-877-617-4485

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