Law Offices of Jess C. Bedore III - Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
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Possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony

Roseville residents facing weapons charges need to take them seriously. This is particularly the case for those accused of using a weapon while committing a felony. Indeed, the punishments associated with a felony conviction like robbery -- including the length of prison sentences -- become exponentially worse when the robbery charge is combined with a weapons-related conviction.

Let's say that you have been arrested, accused and convicted of first-degree robbery. Your offense will be punishable by either 3, 4 or 6 years in prison. Now, let's say you commit a robbery in conjunction with two other people at someone's home. This offense will be punishable by 3, 6 or 9 years in prison.

The above consequences become a lot worse if you used a firearm during the incident. A conviction of using a firearm during a robbery could bring you up to an additional 10 years in prison. Discharging that firearm, on the other hand, will bring you up to 20 years of additional prison time. If the firearm was discharged and it resulted in death or bodily injury, then it will result in up to 25 additional years in prison.

As you can see, firearms charges combined with robbery charges can result in the threat of exponentially longer prison terms in the event of a conviction. As such, Roseville residents facing weapons charges in conjunction with felony charges -- like possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony -- may want to take every effort possible to defend themselves.

Every individual accused of a crime in California will have the right to a criminal defense. Furthermore, no one will be convicted or punished for any crime until -- and only if -- he or she is proved to be guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.

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