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What are the penalties for weapons concealment?

California has very strict laws regarding carrying concealed weapons -- particularly when it comes to firearms. Those who wish to carry a concealed weapon have to go through a lot of red tape in order to get the proper permits. Anyone who is found carrying a concealed weapon could face serious penalties for possibly breaking concealment laws.

When it comes to being found with a firearm concealed upon a person or in a vehicle, a variety of penalties could follow if a conviction is secured by prosecutors. The circumstances surrounding an arrest, of course, greatly impacts the type of charges filed and the potential consequences that may follow. For instance, there is a big difference between concealing a weapon that is personally registered to the carrier versus carrying a weapon that has been stolen.

Those who are charged with weapons concealment can face misdemeanor or felony charges. Again, the circumstances surrounding the arrest will determine which level of charge is filed. The penalties associated with these charges generally include fines and/or imprisonment. The fine amount typically will not exceed $1,000. The minimum length of imprisonment is three months.

Anyone who is facing charges for weapons concealment does have the right to defend themselves in a California criminal court. Even though the laws are strict regarding this issue, with the help of a strategic criminal defense, it may be possible to find a resolution that serves the best interest of the accused. This may come in the form of fighting the criminal accusations outright or negotiating, through defense counsel, with prosecutors to achieve a plea agreement.

Source:, "CA Codes (pen:) Section 25400", Accessed on March 18, 2015

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