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Weapons charge cases involve 2 men in California

Two men currently face criminal charges related to weapons in California. Each weapons charge was filed after police reportedly watched the men march through Inglewood and into Los Angeles with semi-automatic rifles. The two men also reportedly had on military-style gear while authorities were tracking them.

Each of the men has been charged with possessing an assault weapon (one felony count). One also faces a eparate weapons accusation. Both of the individuals have entered not-guilty pleas.

Footage from a broadcast showed the men going through empty, dark streets in August. Guns appeared to be slung over the men's shoulders. The men reportedly told a television cameraman that their weapons were not loaded. Police did not reveal what they believed were the intentions of the accused men.

A person facing a California weapons charge has the right to proceed to trial to contest the charge, as an accused person is always presumed innocent until and unless proved guilty in court and beyond a reasonable doubt. Alternatively, he or she might decide to pursue a plea deal with the prosecution, if available. A plea agreement's terms usually depend upon the strength of the prosecution's evidence. When the evidence appears formidable, a plea agreement might offer the benefit of a more lenient sentence than what would typically be rendered should the defendant be convicted at trial. In either situation, defense counsel will strive to protect the accused person's legal rights while also pushing for a result that is ultimately in the client's best interest.

Source: sanluisobispo.com, "Men who carried guns through Inglewood face weapons charges", Aug. 24, 2016

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