Many states have regulations concerning the use of bulletproof vest. This form of soft body armor can protect a person from injury against varying levels of force and ammunition. Though owning protective devices and gear of this nature is not illegal, there are restrictions in some state about the use of this equipment during illegal activities. These laws may be put in place because of the suggestion of intention when body armor is used during criminal activity.
Each state has varying levels of regulation concerning the use of soft body armor by public citizens. Not every vest or form of protective gear offers the same protection from deadly force. Because of this, states have specific requirement for what levels of protection is considered illegal during criminal activity. Also, the use of a bulletproof vest is only prohibited during specific criminal activities.
If a person is charged with a violent crime and it is determined that they were wearing a bulletproof vest during the act, the level or severity of their punishment may be increased in many states. The use of a bulletproof vest often indicates a premeditated intention to commit a crime. Because of this implication, many courts see it fit to increase the level of punishment for committing a violent crime.
These types of allegations can often have lifelong effects and anything that a defendant can do to minimize the ramification of their actions can be a benefit to them. Determining if the use of body armor truly violated any regulations in your state could make a significant difference in your sentence.
For more information concerning the use of bulletproof vests in violent crimes, please visit the website of the San Jose criminal defense lawyers at the Law Office of Daniel Jensen, P.C.