Gun Charges Attorney in Cherry Hill, NJ
South Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyers Defend Clients Charged with Weapons Offenses in Camden County, Gloucester County & Burlington County
Being arrested and charged with a weapons offense in New Jersey, including unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, is a serious legal matter. Conviction for a firearms offense almost always results in mandatory jail time.
Additionally, 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, nunchucks, baseball bats, blackjacks, Airsoft guns, BB guns, stun guns, switchblades, daggers, and metal knuckles may also be classified as weapons.
A conviction for illegal possession of a weapon in NJ could lead to severe penalties that include prison time. That’s why you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side as early as possible in the legal process. Experienced criminal lawyer Michele Finizio has defended countless clients against criminal weapons charges in Camden, Voorhees, Washington Township, Evesham, and elsewhere in New Jersey, so she can help you fight your firearms charges. Contact Attorney Finizio now to schedule a free consultation about your case.
Gun and Weapons Offenses in New Jersey
Among the most common weapons offenses in New Jersey are:
- Unlawful possession of a firearm
- Possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose
- Certains persons offense for being a convicted felon unlawfully in 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
Gun Offenses and Mandatory Jail Time in Camden, NJ
Most gun possession convictions in New Jersey result in mandatory jail time. Since 2008, the unlawful possession of a firearm has been classified as a second degree criminal offense under the New Jersey Graves Act. Most individuals convicted of New Jersey Gun Offenses will serve at least three (3) 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 criminal convictions will be subject to five (5) years minimum jail time with no parole eligibility if they are convicted of a firearms possession offense.
Contact an Experienced Mt. Laurel Criminal Defense Lawyer About Your New Jersey Gun Charges
The Cherry Hill criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Michele Finizio are dedicated to assisting individuals who have been charged with weapons offenses 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 always work hard to ensure that our client’s arrest does not turn into a weapons offense conviction.
If you have been charged with a gun possession crime in New Jersey, contact Attorney Finizio now by calling 609-230-0374, or by filling out the online contact form. We can discuss your case over the phone or at our office in Moorestown, NJ.