Are you facing charges for being a Felon with a Firearm? Violation of Penal Code 12021 can be a serious felony offense. If convicted, you could be facing years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines, but there is hope. At MacGregor & Collins, LLP, we offer a free case evaluation to anyone facing charges for violating PC 12021. Call us today to take advantage and find out what options you have available.
What is CPC 12021?
According to California Penal Code 12021, anyone who has a prior felony or listed misdemeanors and owns, receives or sells a firearm can be found guilty of being a Felon with a Firearm.
In order to prosecute for Felon with a Firearm offenses, the state has the burden to prove you are guilty of:
Being classified as either:
- Someone who has a prior felony conviction in any state
- Someone who has a prior specific misdemeanor conviction that is listed in the code
- Someone who is a narcotics addict
and that you fell into one of these classifications, but still bought, owned, took or kept in your possession a firearm, and were aware of it being there
The following could be considered an example of a PC 12021 violation:
Jerry has been a gun owner his entire life. Five years ago, Jerry was convicted of a felony armed robbery penal code offense, and was just released. Having legally purchased multiple guns in his past, Jerry still owns them and stores them in his home, but since he was convicted of a felony, he no longer has a right to own a firearm. As a condition of his parole, Jerry’s parole officer came to his home unannounced and began to search the premises, after a short search, the handling police officers found Jerry’s weapons. Jerry is arrested and charged with violating PC 12020.
What Are the Penalties for Violating PC 12021?
CPC 12021 Felon with a Firearm is filed as a felony California offense and those found guilty can face:
- Up to 16 months, two or three years in the County Jail
- A maximum $10,000 fine
- Seizure of the firearm
Legal Assistance for PC 12021 Violations
If you are facing Felon with a Firearm charges for California Penal Code Section 12021, speaking with a MacGregor & Collins, LLP attorney is in your best interest. It is easy for alleged criminal to make decisions that negatively affect their case outcome and, without skilled legal representation, there are several ways that you could fail to obtain the best possible outcome for your case. Contact us today to place one of our skilled attorneys in your corner to help protect your rights.