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Penal Code § 17500 PC – Possession of a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Assault

Penal Code § 17500 PC – Possession of a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Assault

At Spodek Law Group, we understand that facing criminal charges can be a daunting and overwhelming experience. If you’ve been charged with possession of a deadly weapon with intent to assault under California Penal Code § 17500 PC, you’re likely feeling anxious and uncertain about your future. Don’t worry – we’re here to help guide you through this challenging time.

What is Penal Code § 17500 PC?

Penal Code § 17500 PC makes it a misdemeanor crime to possess a deadly weapon with the intent to assault another person. The law states:“Every person having upon the person any deadly weapon, with intent to assault another, is guilty of a misdemeanor.”This may seem straightforward, but there are several key elements the prosecution must prove to convict you under this statute. Let’s break it down:

Elements of the Crime

To be found guilty of violating PC 17500, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:

  1. You had a deadly weapon on your person
  2. You knew you possessed the deadly weapon
  3. You had the specific intent to assault someone with that weapon

If any of these elements are missing, you cannot be convicted under this statute. That’s where our experienced criminal defense attorneys come in – we’ll carefully examine the evidence and work to poke holes in the prosecution’s case.

What Qualifies as a “Deadly Weapon”?

Under PC 17500, a “deadly weapon” can be:

  • Any object designed as a weapon (gun, knife, etc.)
  • Any object used in a way that could cause death or great bodily injury

So even ordinary items like a baseball bat or screwdriver could potentially qualify if the prosecution can show you intended to use them as weapons.

Penalties for Violating PC 17500

If convicted of possessing a deadly weapon with intent to assault, you face:

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  • Up to 6 months in county jail
  • A fine of up to $1,000
  • Summary probation

While these penalties may seem relatively minor compared to some felonies, a conviction can still have serious consequences for your future. That’s why it’s crucial to have an experienced criminal defense attorney in your corner.

Legal Defenses to PC 17500 Charges

At Spodek Law Group, we have over 50 years of combined experience defending clients against weapons charges. We know how to build a strong defense strategy tailored to the specific facts of your case.Some potential defenses we may explore include:

  • Lack of intent to assault: You possessed the object for a legitimate purpose, not to harm anyone.
  • No knowledge of possession: You didn’t realize the weapon was on your person.
  • The object wasn’t a “deadly weapon”: The item in question couldn’t reasonably cause death or great bodily injury.
  • Illegal search and seizure: The police obtained evidence in violation of your 4th Amendment rights.

We’ll carefully review all the evidence, interview witnesses, and leave no stone unturned in building your defense. Our goal is always to get the charges reduced or dismissed entirely whenever possible.

Why Choose Spodek Law Group?

When you’re facing criminal charges, you need a law firm with the experience, resources, and dedication to fight for your rights. At Spodek Law Group, we offer:

  • Over 50 years of combined experience in criminal defense
  • A track record of success in weapons cases
  • Personalized attention from a team of skilled attorneys
  • 24/7 availability to address your concerns
  • Aggressive negotiation and litigation strategies

We understand how stressful this situation is for you and your loved ones. That’s why we take a compassionate, client-focused approach to every case. We’ll be by your side every step of the way, explaining your options and fighting tirelessly for the best possible outcome.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

If you’ve been charged with possession of a deadly weapon with intent to assault under PC 17500, don’t wait to get legal help. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can start building your defense.Call Spodek Law Group today at 212-300-5196 for a free, confidential consultation about your case. Let us put our experience and dedication to work for you.Remember, an arrest is not a conviction. With the right legal team on your side, you can fight these charges and protect your future. Don’t face this alone – reach out to Spodek Law Group today.

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