Cherry Hill Criminal Defense Attorneys
Being arrested and charged with a weapons offense in New Jersey, including unlawful possession of a firearm, is a serious legal matter. Conviction of a firearms offense almost always results in mandatory jail time. Guns and other firearms are not the only type of instruments involved in weapons offenses. Any instrument that is capable of causing serious physical injury or death may be considered a weapon. In addition to more traditional guns and firearms, New Jersey courts have found that knives, nun chunks, baseball bats, blackjacks, airsoft guns, bb guns, stun guns, switchblades, daggers and metal knuckles may also be weapons.
Gun Offenses and Mandatory Jail Time
Most gun possession convictions in New Jersey result in some mandatory jail time. Since 2008, the unlawful possession of a firearm is a second degree criminal offense under New Jersey’s Grave Act. Most individuals convicted of New Jersey Gun Offenses will serve at least three years in prison without the possibility of early parole. A prison term not only results in the loss of freedom for the convicted individual, but will undoubtedly affect all aspects of that person’s life including their future employment, educational opportunities and personal relationships.
Convictions for unlawful possession of a firearm can have particularly serious consequences when the convicted individual has a past criminal conviction. For those individuals with previous criminal convictions, the possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime (including drug offenses) or while at an educational institution will result in additional gun offense charges. Individuals with previous convictions will be subject to five years minimum jail time with no parole eligibility if they are convicted of a firearms possession offense.
The Cherry Hill criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Michele Finizio are dedicated to assisting individuals who have been charged with a weapons offense in New Jersey. We understand the legal complexities associated with weapons charges including the constitutional issues related to illegal searches and seizures, improper or inadequate warrants, self-defense situations and other probable cause issues. We work to avoid turning an arrest into a weapons offense conviction.
Gun and Weapons Offenses
Among the most common weapons offenses are:
- Unlawful possession of a firearm
- Carrying an unlicensed gun or a gun without a permit
- Using a weapon to inflict physical injury onto another
- Threatening another person with the use of a gun or other weapon
- Juvenile weapon charges
- Failing to surrender a gun
- Unlawful use of fake or imitation firearms
- Parole or probation violations involving guns or other weapons