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Charged with knife concealment, what are the potential penalties?

There are various weapons crimes written in California law books. Those charged with the concealment of weapons can face a number of penalties, depending on the facts of their cases. This is true regardless of the type of weapon one is accused of carrying.

Carrying a concealed firearm is a right, if the appropriate permits are obtained. Knife laws are a little different, though. Every state has different views on carrying a concealed knife. In California, the blade length and type matter, as does how a person chooses to carry the weapon.

Those caught carrying a fixed blade knife that is not kept in plain view may be charged with a misdemeanor. Some counties have restrictions on fixed blades that are 3 or more inches in length. When it comes to folding blades, there are no size limits, but blades must not be carried in a locked, open position. Finally, switchblades are outlawed in the state.

A knife can be a a great tool and method of self-defense to keep on one's person. If carried in accordance with state laws, there should be no issue with someone carrying a knife. However, those who are accused of knife concealment or any other knife-related weapons charge can face fairly significant penalties. Some of these may include fines, jail time and even the loss of weapons privileges. A criminal defense attorney can assist those accused of weapons crimes by fighting their cases in criminal court and working diligently to ensure their rights as weapons owners are protected.

Source: FindLaw, "Knife Laws", Accessed on Jan. 7, 2016

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