I had a knife over 4" blade in my briefcase in the airport. i forgot it was in there. I got misdemeanor ticket 171b(a). I go to court soon.What does this mean? I will explain to the judge that I did not know it was in there. I have no violent or weapons priors. I had three misdemeanors 10 years ago from a messy divorce and they were expunged. What fine can I expect? It is likely I will be convicted? If so, then what?Please be familiar with California law in this area.
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): California
Hello. My name is XXXXX XXXXX X will be glad to help you.Unfortunately this is a serious Misdemeanor offense and if convicted you can face up to one year in jail.Also, an intent is not required and simple possession of the knife that is longer than 4" in your suitcase is sufficient to be found guilty of this offense and you do need to consult and retain an experienced local criminal defense attorney as the last thing you want to do is to plead guilty to this crime and to try to explain yourself to the judge, as the court will not only convict you but might also sentence you to some jail time, which might not be the maximum of one year, but can still be 90 days or longer.An experienced local criminal defense attorney can try to get your case dismissed on some legal technicality or in the worst case scenario can negotiate a plea deal, which would allow you to plead to a lesser offense in exchange for a guilty plea and also you would be able to avoid actual jail time, but rather might have to pay a fine and be placed on probation.You can find a reputable local criminal defense attorney by using this well trusted and reliable attorney information/referral websites:www.martindale.comwww.justia.comwww.lexmundi.comwww.lawyers.com
Oh my God! I can't afford an attorney. Can I get a public defender, and do you recommend that?
Thank you for your follow up.If you cannot afford a local private criminal lawyer, I would absolutely recommend that you do apply for a public defender and consult with him/her before your court hearing and have this defender with you during the court proceedings.
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Thanks so much.
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