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New Jersey Defense Lawyers for Gun & Firearms Offenses

Aggressive Defense Lawyers Represent Clients Charged with Gun & Firearms Offenses in Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and Throughout NJ

The second amendment’s right to bear arms is a controversial topic in today’s society. Gun and firearms offenses are on the rise, and New Jersey legislatures have passed laws designed to reduce gun violence across the state. Because of this, gun and firearms offenses are punished extremely harshly in the courts. A single first-time offense involving guns or firearms can expose you to mandatory minimum prison time. Contact our New Jersey gun crime attorney today for a free initial consultation.

New Jersey’s gun and firearms laws are complex and, in some cases, relatively new. Attempting to navigate these laws without an experienced New Jersey gun crime attorney is a mistake. Michele Finizio has an established track record of successfully helping clients fight gun and firearm charges. An accomplished New Jersey gun crime attorney who is well-versed in evolving New Jersey gun laws can build an innovative defense—and fight to get the best outcome for you.

The Law Offices of Michele Finizio prides itself on offering solutions to clients charged with gun and firearms offenses. New Jersey courts do not look kindly on citizens who violate the New Jersey gun laws—even inadvertently. If you have been arrested on gun charges, a qualified New Jersey gun crime attorney will protect your legal rights and work to reach a solution that protects your best interests.

A conviction on gun charges can land you in jail and become a mark on your criminal record for years to come. Don’t risk your future by hiring an inexperienced lawyer. The Law Offices of Michele Finizio specializes in criminal defense to give you the best chance at a favorable outcome. Call or use this online contact form to schedule your free case review today.

Facing A Criminal Charge And Have Questions? We Can Help. Contact The Law Offices of Michele Finizio Today At 856-888-9059 Or Fill Our Our Convenient Online Contact Form For A Free Consultation About Your Case.

Complex Gun Laws Our New Jersey Gun Crime Attorney Handles

New Jersey Gun Crime Attorney

New Jersey gun and firearms laws are complex and detailed. They criminalize much more than the simple illegal use of guns. The following provides a sample of some of the New Jersey gun and firearms rules that, if violated, can land you in jail:

  • Certain types of guns, such as sawed-off shotguns and assault weapons, are deemed so dangerous that even the mere possession of the weapon is a crime
  • Individuals who have previously been convicted of felony-level crimes can lose their right to possess a gun
  • Individuals who are subject to a restraining order based on domestic violence may be restricted from possessing a gun or firearm
  • People who lawfully own guns and firearms are not permitted to carry those weapons outside of their homes unless (1) they have a carry permit or (2) the gun is being transported to the gun range and the unloaded gun is properly stored in a locked box, somewhere that people in the vehicle cannot reach it (such as the trunk)
  • Possessing a gun or firearm for an unlawful purpose is a crime
  • Enhanced penalties apply for carrying a gun or firearm while in the process of distributing certain controlled dangerous substances (drugs)

To legally possess a gun or firearm in New Jersey (even in your own home), you must generally have a valid permit (the gun must be registered). Handguns can only be registered to people who are at least 21 years old (the age is reduced to 18 for certain other weapons).

Harsh Penalties for Guns & Firearms Offenses: The New Jersey Graves Act Under N.J.S.A. 2C:43-6

Most New Jersey gun and firearms offenses are punished as indictable offenses (felony-level crimes). The Graves Act imposes a mandatory minimum prison sentence before parole eligibility for first and second-degree offenses. The general rules are as follows:

  • First-degree gun and firearm offenses are the most serious, covering offenses such as armed robbery. Punishment may include ten-20 years in prison.
  • Second-degree gun and firearm charges apply in cases involving (1) illegal gun possession and (2) possession of a gun for an unlawful purpose. You could face five to ten years in prison and, under the Graves Act, be required to serve about three years without the possibility of parole. The state imposes a presumption of incarceration even for first offenders.
  • Third-degree charges can result in three to five years in prison, but are typically reserved for cases not involving real guns—offenses involving BB guns, Airsoft guns, pellet guns, etc. may be graded as third-degree crimes

Remember, to become subject to the harshest New Jersey gun charges, there is no need for you to commit another crime. Because carry permits in the state are so rarely issued, many people inadvertently commit a gun crime simply by transporting their firearm improperly. The Graves Act applies to first-time offenders and repeat offenders alike.

An experienced New Jersey gun crime attorney can explore options that might persuade the prosecution and judge to waive the mandatory minimum jail sentence. The talented New Jersey gun crime attorney at The Law Offices of Michele Finizio can fight to obtain a Graves Act waiver and will work to help you put your mistake in the past as quickly as possible.


I can honestly say that I am 100% satisfied with the outcome of my case. Michael handled my case very well. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who needs help with any court issues.

Lelany J.


Very realistic and professional. Great with communication and prompt with follow ups. Flexible with availability, responds to both texts and phone calls. I was very happy with the service I received.

Jerilyn N.


Michele is an amazing attorney. She goes above and beyond to help. She answers her phone at all times of the day and is eager to get you the answers and give you the advice and representation you need. Don’t hesitate to use her services!!!!

J. L.

Contact an Accomplished New Jersey Gun Crime Attorney to Discuss Options in Your Case Today

Michele Finizio, a trusted and experienced New Jersey gun crime attorney, will patiently explain every step of the process so that you know what to expect. If you have been charged with a gun or firearm offense, call or use this online contact feature to schedule a free initial consultation today.

Get A Free Consultation With An Experienced New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney. All You Have To Do Is Call 856-888-9059 Or Fill Out Our Online Contact Form.

Frequently Asked Questions About New Jersey Guns & Firearms Offenses

What is a red flag gun law? 

Red flag laws are relatively new. They are a response to the rise in mass shootings in recent years. New Jersey red flag law allows the police to confiscate your firearm if someone believes that you pose a threat to others or yourself. The process for having your gun temporarily taken away is fast—judges can generally approve a request upon very little evidence. Later, you will be entitled to present your own evidence to potentially get your guns or firearms back.

What are the New Jersey handgun permit requirements? 

To purchase any gun in New Jersey, you must first obtain a lifetime (“global”) permit. You must also obtain a permit for every additional handgun you purchase (and are limited to purchasing one handgun per month). It is this permitting process that serves as each handgun’s registration. Permits for purchase are required even if you purchase from another private person. Carry permits in New Jersey are very difficult to obtain, so most people are not legally allowed to carry their guns outside of the home. Most carry permits are issued to law enforcement officials. To obtain a carry permit, you must generally demonstrate a life-threatening need for the firearm.

Reviews Matter

*Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.

"I am extremely grateful for the exceptional legal services provided by my lawyer (Michele Finizio) in handling my charges. Their expertise and dedication played a pivotal role in achieving positive outcomes for my case. Very Grateful.”
- Enrique R.

“Had a case and hired the team. Recieved a better outcome than anticipated. The process was smooth and relaxed. Definitely recommend! Thank you everyone!”
- Yashar E.

"I was facing some serious charges and Michele and Kevin made me feel comfortable and at ease throughout the whole process. Very professional, understanding, courteous, and diligent. Michele’s firm was highly recommended to me by a friend who has used her a few times. 10/10 highly recommend. Thank you so much Michele and Kevin!!!!"
- Samantha O.

“I highly recommend this law firm. They were easy to contact and very knowledgeable. I will definitely work with them again.”
- Stevey M.
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