What Are Brass Knuckles
In some cases, people are told to have brass knuckles in order to defend themselves on the street, while others use them for criminal activity. Regardless of the intention behind it, having a brass knuckle is dangerous and prohibited in the state of California. Brass knuckles (or metal knuckles) are a device that has four finger slots and once put on, acts like a metal cover for the knuckles. Therefore, when someone is punched or hit by a fist, they aren’t just feeling the impact of the punch but also metal hitting them. Usually, the injury from the impact is greater with the brass knuckle.
The Specific Elements
According to California Penal Code 218010 PC, it is illegal to possess, give, make, import, or sell brass knuckles. This means that even if a person buys the knuckles in another place that hasn’t criminalized them, but then comes back to California with them, they can still be found guilty of this crime. The metal device is also a part of the general prohibited weapons list. Therefore, if someone gives you a brass knuckle or tells you that it’s a good idea to get one – don’t do it. Not only is it a crime for you to commit it, but the victim will also be facing even worse injuries.
Penalties for the Crime
Doing any of the aforementioned acts with a brass knuckle can result in serious penalties. Depending on the context of the crime, the perpetrator can face either a misdemeanor or felony charge. In the case of a misdemeanor, the convicted individual would have to go to jail for up to a year. However, the penalties for a felony have a stark increase to up to three years in jail. For both charges, the defendant may also have to pay fines. Given the severity of the crime, it is vital that those accused of violating the code immediately seek the counsel of an experienced criminal attorney.