Weapon Charges Defense Lawyer Camden NJ | Voorhees
Results-Driven Criminal Defense Attorney Fights Serious Gun and Weapons Charges in Camden County and throughout South Jersey
Make no mistake about it, weapons charges in New Jersey are serious business. In fact, New Jersey has some of the toughest gun crimes laws in the country. It’s not unusual to be facing the possibility of real jail time because you were unaware of New Jersey’s very restrictive gun carrying and permit laws.
When you or someone you care about is facing criminal charges for a weapons-related infraction, it’s imperative that you contact an aggressive criminal defense lawyer immediately to fight your charges. You can rely on the experience and knowledge of criminal defense attorney Stephen R. Piper. He will fight your charges and, if appropriate, get you approved for Pre-Trial Intervention so you can avoid jail time.
Why Choose Defense Lawyer Stephen Piper to Fight Serious Gun Charges in NJ?
If you are facing gun charges in New Jersey, it’s important that you realize that your freedom may be on the line. The sentences for violent crimes and gun-related charges include prison time. As a former Camden County Assistant Prosecutor, criminal defense attorney Stephen R. Piper understands how the state builds its cases and what can be done to get weapons charges reduced while minimizing the potential consequences.
The seriousness of these charges means you need an experienced attorney who can help you minimize the consequences whether you have been arrested for a single gun charge or if the weapons charges are in addition to drug crimes or other crimes. Be aware, as well, that New Jersey gun laws apply to everyone and anyone, not just New Jersey residents. Ignorance of New Jersey’s strict gun laws won’t be an excuse in court.
The severity of penalties associated with weapons possession is based on the level of crime. A third degree weapons offense, for example, involves possession of a sawed-off shotgun or bomb/explosive device. If convicted of a 3rd degree weapons offense, you will face up to five years in prison.
We defend clients facing all weapons-related charges, including:
Unlawful Possession of a Weapon – It is against the law to carry certain weapons, such as handguns, without a valid carry permit. Anyone caught illegally possessing a firearm or other gun could face severe penalties that include mandatory prison time.
Prohibited Weapons – There are some weapons that are considered extremely dangerous and New Jersey does not allow anyone to possess them. There are no permits available for these weapons and if you are found with any of the following weapons in your possession in New Jersey, you will be facing serious consequences. Possession of any of these prohibited weapons is considered a fourth degree crime (punishable by up to 18 months in prison):
- Hollow point bullets
- Stun gun
- Switchblade knife
- Defaced firearm (antique firearms are exceptions to this rule)
- Gravity knife
- Ballistic knife
- Billy Club
- Sand club
- Metal knuckle
- Sand club
- Leather band with metal studs or razor blades
Possession of Weapons for Unlawful Purposes: It stands to reason that you may not possess a weapon with the intention of committing a crime. Possession of firearms or explosives with the purpose of using them unlawfully is a 2nd degree crime in New Jersey. If convicted, you will face between five and 10 years in prison. Third and fourth degree weapons possession charges will also put you at serious risk of going to jail if convicted.
Failure to Possess Permits: It is against the law to possess any weapon (including weapons that are allowed in NJ by law) without the proper permit or license. Even if you crossed into New Jersey from Pennsylvania with a handgun legally licensed in PA, you can be brought up on 3rd or 4th degree weapons charges. Possession of any of the following weapons without proper permits can result in charges and the possibility of a prison sentence of three to five years:
- Assault weapon
- Machine guns
Individuals Who Are Not Permitted to Carry: There are some people who are not allowed to possess any weapons in New Jersey. This list includes anyone who has ever been committed to a mental hospital or who have been convicted of any crime other than a disorderly persons offense.
Weapons Used While Committing Another Crime: Anyone who is found with a gun while committing another crime, trying to commit a crime or even just conspiring to commit a crime, may face second degree weapons charges. If you are found with any weapon other than a gun, prosecutors must prove you had the intent of using that weapon in the commission of the crime.
Facing Weapons Charges in Camden County? Defense Lawyer Stephen Piper Will Fight for You
Mr. Piper will make sure you understand your options and that all of your questions have been answered. He will work closely with investigators to determine the validity of your charges, reviewing evidence in an effort to find holes in the prosecution’s case. He will fight tirelessly to keep you out of jail and, when possible, he will negotiate your acceptance into PTI so you can avoid prison time entirely.
Contact The Law Office of Stephen R. Piper, LLC today to request your initial consultation with an aggressive Moorestown weapons defense attorney. When necessary, he will come to you. Mr. Piper will zealously fight your weapons charges; count on it.