What Actions are Criminalized under Penal Code 20410 PC?
Pursuant to Penal Code 20410 PC it is unlawful to:
- manufacture any belt buckle knives;
- causes to be manufactured;
- import any belt buckle knife;
- sell belt buckle knives;
- give or lend any belt buckle knife; or
- posses any bely buckle knife
Examples of Violating Penal Code 20410
Let’s examine the following scenario: Your friend gives his belt buckle knife to you in order to keep it in your house for 4 days. You are aware of what the instrument it is. Since, you knowingly agree to keep the belt buckle knife, this means that the item is in your possession and that you have control over it. Thus, you may be charged with Penal Code section 20410 PC.
Description of Belt Buckle Knife
California statute on generally prohibited weapons lists such kinds of weapons as wallet guns, a firearm mounted or enclosed in a case, a lipstick case knife, a knife enclosed in a lipstick case, and among them is also mentioned the belt buckle knife. Under the above-mentioned section, a belt buckle knife is ” a knife, which is an integral part of a belt buckle and consists of a blade with a length of at least two and one-half inches. Generally, some people are allowed to possess belt buckle knives, such as representatives of law enforcement agencies, or antique dealers.
What are the Penalties for a Penal Code 20410 Conviction?
The offense is considered as a wobbler offense, thus it can be charged both as a felony or misdemeanor depending on the facts of the case and/or criminal history of the defendant.
What are the Penalties for a Misdemeanor Penal Code 20410 Conviction?
Penalties for a misdemeanor Penal Code 20410 conviction are:
- imprisonment in a county jail for a term up to 1 year; and/ or
- a maximum fine of $1000.
What are the Penalties for a Felony Penal Code 20410 Conviction?
Penalties for a felony Penal code 20410 conviction are:
- Imprisonment in a county jail for a term up to 3 years; and/ or
- a maximum fine in the amount of $10,000
California Belt Buckle Knives Defense Attorney
If you or a loved one has been charged with violation of Penal Code section 20410 belt buckle knives, we invite you to contact KAASS LAW firm at 310-933-5171 for a free consultation on your case and further assistance.