Los Angeles police are no strangers to firearms offenses of varying degrees, but it’s probably more unusual for one to lead to a child endangerment charge for parents of a teenager.
On Wednesday, February 14, police responded to a 911 call from a 17-year-old male in the Woodland Hills area, where the caller claimed that three men had attempted to forcibly enter his home, firing a bullet through the door. As expected when an emergency call of this type is received, police attended the property incredibly swiftly, while a helicopter was dispatched to locate the suspects.
However, suspicions were aroused when police discovered that the single bullet hole was made from the inside of the home, rather than from outside. It was found that the teenage boy was home alone, was in possession of marijuana, and had discharged a firearm, which was found below the balcony of the third-floor apartment.
The boy was taken to Sylmar Juvenile Detention Hall after being arrested on suspicion of illegal discharge of a firearm, while his mother faces child endangerment charges for leaving him home alone with access to the .380 Glock handgun.
As Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, we see a lot of firearms charges, spanning a range of categories and levels of severity. No weapons charge is considered to be minor, however, as even possession of a weapon may be considered a felony.
An expert criminal defense attorney can defend you from charges such as:
Although the case in Woodland Hills involved a handgun, that’s not the only type of firearms charge our criminal defense attorneys can deal with. Sawed off shotguns, rifles, machine guns, semi-automatic assault weapons, Uzis, AK47s and, of course, handguns, have all been involved in cases defended by Okabe & Haushalter’s team of Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys.
Even if you haven’t discharged your firearm, merely possessing it can be enough to warrant a felony charge under California law. You could be facing a stay in state prison, plus a criminal record which is almost guaranteed to negatively affect your future. If you’re facing firearms charges in Los Angeles, or the surrounding areas, you need the services of a criminal defense attorney who truly understands the gravity of the situation.
Don’t take your chances on attempting to deal with the firearms charge alone – law enforcement is cracking down on firearms and weapons charges, meaning you must have an experienced criminal defense attorney who’s willing to fight tooth and nail for you.