San Pedro Brandishing a Firearm (Penal Code § 417) Dismissed
The wife’s job was just a few blocks away and so when she got off work, often late at night, our client would walk her home. They would have a few minutes to talk, which was good.Why This Summary Matters: Exhibiting a firearm can be a serious charge, which a prosecutor may refuse to dismiss in plea negotiations, but in the following case, we submitted a Defense Position Letter with a mitigation packet that helped resolve the case so the client would not lose his job.
One night, our client met his wife to walk with her home and they started arguing. It got heated and they said things they both regretted. At one point, our client playfully kicked his wife in the rear, but not hard enough to hurt her.
When they got home, the argument continued, but it did not erupt into pushing, hitting or any physical violence. However, our client took his pistol out of the safe and allegedly walked into the bedroom, where his wife was watching television.
Once inside the bedroom, he stood at the front of the bed, inserted a loaded magazine into the gun’s magazine well, racked the slide and thus, chambered a round. He then laid on the bed on his back, with the gun resting on his chest, with a pillow over the gun.
His wife asked our client to put the gun away and he refused. She then allegedly asked him to “think about the children,” to which he responded, “your family is going to be the one who suffers.” She then told him she would call the police if he did not put the gun away. He responded, “what are the police going to be able to do in five seconds.”
The wife then got up, walked out of the house and called the police. Our client then returned to the safe and put the gun away.
He was released on $20,000 bail and then called Greg Hill & Associates. Greg listened to the client explain what happened and his concerns with his employer finding out about the case.
Greg explained to him that he thought the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office might charge him with criminal threats (Penal Code § 422), as he suggested his wife’s family might experience danger to their safety, and brandishing a firearm (Penal Code § 417), as it appeared he showed the gun to his wife in a threatening manner when he loaded the pistol and chambered a round. If such charges were added, bail could increase, Greg warned.
Greg then appeared with the client at the arraignment, as the client needed to be present to be served with a protective order in such a domestic violence case. As feared, the complaint filed did allege criminal threats and brandishing a firearm. Bail was also raised to $90,000 and our client was remanded into custody (“bucketed”).
The plea bargain was still a bitter pill to swallow for our client, as he agreed to sixty days of house arrest, fifty-two batterers classes, a $500 contribution to a battered women’s shelter, a $200 court fee plus penalties and assessments, 52 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and forty hours of community labor.
The client was happy most of all to avoid county jail and to see the brandishing a firearm charge dismissed, as this charge was what his employer told him would, if our client was convicted of this, lead to his termination. With the charge being dismissed, our client would keep his job, which was a big relief for him.
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