Those facing weapons charges need a violent crime criminal defense attorney at their side immediately. If convicted, you may face heavy fines, years of imprisonment, and, perhaps worst of all, a criminal record that could haunt you like a ghost. If you find yourself in this situation, please do not hesitate to read on and reach out to our firm to learn more about how we can help you in your time of need. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding the legal process going forward:
What are some of the different weapons offenses in New Jersey?
There are many different ways in which an individual can break the law regarding the sale, possession, or use of firearms or other weapons. Some of the formal weapons charges that are considered against the law in New Jersey are as follows:
- Possessing an assault rifle or sawed-off shotgun
- Possessing a firearm without a valid permit
- Transporting firearms through New Jersey from another state
- Possessing an airsoft gun or a BB gun
- Possessing a knife, baseball bat, or crowbar for criminal purposes
- The unlawful concealed or open carry of a firearm
- Possessing an unregistered or stolen firearm
What are the consequences of weapons charges in New Jersey?
New Jersey courts will fiercely prosecute all those charged with weapons-related crimes. However, weapons crimes consist of various offenses, all ranging in severity, which is why they come with penalties that more accurately reflect the nature of the crime. Some of the various weapons possession crimes in New Jersey are as follows:
- The unlawful possession of an airsoft or spring gun: Third-degree crime
- The unlawful possession of a rifle or shotgun: Third-degree crime
- The unlawful possession of a machine gun, handgun, or assault rifle: Second-degree crime
How can a crime become upgraded via a weapons charge?
If you are caught with a weapon while committing another crime, the original charges you face may become upgraded. For example, if you are caught stealing from a bank while using a weapon, you will now face robbery charges, instead of just burglary charges. Rather obviously, robbery is considered a violent crime, and New Jersey courts will treat you as a violent felon. Fortunately, our firm understands that people make mistakes, which is why we are ready to defend your rights–all you have to do is ask.
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