Heroin: Gun and Firearms

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Heroin Charges and Firearms

A California heroin conviction comes with extremely harsh repercussions, and the addition of factors called sentencing enhancements can add years to your punishment. The allegation that you used a firearm or even had access to a gun is one possible sentencing enhancement in a California heroin case.

If you’re accused of a California heroin offense with a firearm enhancement, you need California criminal defense attorneys who will aggressively challenge these charges. A knowledgeable California drug lawyer from The Kavinoky Law Firm will take all necessary steps to protect you from the serious consequences of a heroin charge and a firearms enhancement.

A sentencing enhancement must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, just like the underlying drug charge, or you cannot receive additional punishment. Also, you cannot be punished for a firearms enhancement or any other sentencing enhancement if you aren’t convicted of the underlying drug offense.

These are the firearms sentencing enhancements that can be filed in a California heroin case:

Code Section Enhancement Sentence 11550e Under the influence while in personal possession (including in passenger compartment of vehicle) of loaded, operable firearm Misdemeanor or 16-2-3 11370.1 Under the influence while armed (available for offense or defense) of a loaded, operable firearm 2-3-4
No diversion,
PC 12022c 11351 or 11352 (or attempt) while personally armed (available for offense/defense) with a firearm (loaded or unloaded, operable or inoperable) Full consecutive 3-4-5 OR PC 12022a Armed with a firearm (loaded or unloaded) in the commission of any felony Add one year

The allegation of possessing or using a gun or firearm during the commission of a California heroin offense can add years to your prison sentence if proven, so it’s essential to mount an aggressive defense to both the underlying drug charge and the sentence enhancement. To learn more about effective defenses to California heroin charges and gun enhancements, please contact experienced California criminal defense attorneys from The Kavinoky Law Firm today at 1.800.NO.CUFFS for a free consultation.