December 20, 2012 By Wallin & Klarich

Often, people who are charged with brandishing a deadly weapon in Ventura wonder whether or not to hire a private attorney or get the public defender. Your best option is to always hire a private attorney. For example, a private criminal defense attorney at Wallin & Klarich will treat your case with real sincerity and attention while a public defender is usually too busy to call or speak with you in person. Additionally, not only will our criminal defense lawyers be available to meet with you, but we will also provide the support and guidance that your family members and loved ones need during this difficult time. There is simply no substitute for the devotion of our attorneys at Wallin & Klarich.

In California, brandishing a deadly weapon in a rude, angry or threatening manner is a crime. Specifically, Penal Code section 417 prohibits your from drawing or exhibiting, in the presence of another person, a deadly weapon or to use a deadly weapon in a fight. Brandishing a weapon in Ventura is a serious misdemeanor crime as you can be punished by imprisonment in county jail for a minimum of 30 days.

In order to convict you of brandishing a deadly weapon or firearm in Ventura, the prosecution must prove the following:
1. The defendant drew or exhibited a deadly weapon or a firearm in the presence of someone else;
2. The defendant did so in a rude, angry, or threatening manner; AND 3. The defendant did not act in self-defense or in defense of someone else.

When charged with brandishing a weapon in Ventura, it is important that you contact an experienced Ventura criminal defense attorney at Wallin & Klarich. By doing so, the attorney can raise a number of defenses to fight your criminal charge. For example, one such defense is self defense. If you were not the initial aggressor and you were merely defending yourself from an attack using a weapon, then you can not be convicted of this crime.

If you or a loved one is charged with brandishing a weapon in Ventura, it is imperative that you contact an experienced Ventura criminal defense attorney at Wallin & Klarich. For over 30 years, we have represented many people charged with brandishing a weapon or firearm in Ventura. Most often, our experienced criminal defense attorneys can get your charges reduced or have your case entirely dismissed. Unlike the public defender, the attorneys at Wallin & Klarich can be reached any time.

We will get through this together. Call us at 888-280-6839 to learn more or visit us at We will be there when you call.

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