Client Charged with Having a Mini Arsenal of Firearms Receives A Judges Dismissal and Client Profits from Judge Ordered Sale of Firearms
Mini Arsenal of Firearms – Prohibition on Posession
Day of Trial Dismissal
The California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms went to my client's home and discovered: two .45 caliber semi-automatic Glocks; one .40 caliber Glock; two .223 caliber Colt semi-automatic rifles; one Remington Arms Co. bolt action rifle with a bipod and Leupold scope; and, two Mossberg 12 gauge pump action shotguns. Based upon my client's possession of these firearms and a recent trip to the hospital on a Welfare and Institutions Code section 5150 hold, my client was charged by the San Mateo County District Attorney with violating Welfare and Institutions Code section 8103(f)(1) [Prohibition of Possession of Firearms by Certain Persons]. This was a highly complicated and defensible case – except the District Attorney and the judge disagreed. This was also one of the most emotionally charged cases that I have ever been a part of. My client didn't even have a pre-trial conference offer.
On the day of trial my client was offered 30 days in the county jail, search and seizure and supervised probation. Extremely unhappy and undaunted we proceeded forward. I appeared at trial assignment (jury not present) without my client present. My client was at work and couldn't let his employer know about this case without losing his job. At around 4:40 p.m. on the first day of trial the District Attorney's Office folded and dismissed my client's case. We were also able to have the judge order that my client's firearms be sold with my client to receive the proceeds. My client received Blue Book value for his firearms and has been happily working ever since.