The Serious Nature Of Weapons Offenses
New Jersey has some of the most aggressive weapons laws in the country. Convictions for weapons crimes often result in mandatory incarceration and other negative consequences that can change the course of your life.
Understanding the laws that govern weapons is the first step to avoiding criminal charges. However, at The Law Offices of Randy E. Lewis, LLC, our attorney has the knowledge and experience to defend those in Essex County and the surrounding regions who are facing these serious charges.
Understanding Illegal Possession Laws
The law carefully regulates who may possess a weapon. For instance, if you are on parole or probation, have a felony on your record, or have ever been institutionalized for mental illness, a conviction for possessing a weapon can mean a prison sentence.
New Jersey and federal laws ban some weapons because of their extreme danger. Possessing these can result in up to 10 years in prison.
Some of those prohibited weapons include:
- Sawed-off shotguns
- Machine guns
- Assault rifles
- Defaced firearms
- Armor piercing ammunition or hollow bullets
- Illegal explosives
- Metal knuckles
- Switchblade knives
Because of the serious penalties for weapons possession violations, facing these charges without the assistance of a skilled and aggressive lawyer may place you at great risk.
Crimes Involving Firearms Can Create Additional Penalties
The presence of a weapon at any crime raises the level of danger and the potential for severe penalties. A second-degree crime like theft becomes a first-degree offense with the potential for 20 years in prison if you have a gun in your possession at the time. Domestic violence involving a weapon can potentially lead to lifelong consequences, including a restraining order and the confiscation of your weapons.
Attorney Randy Lewis has more than 15 years’ experience serving those in Newark and beyond who are facing weapons charges. While never offering false promises, our fierce representation includes implementing defense strategies such as challenging the legality of a police search and seeking reduced penalties for first offenders.
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We will always offer an honest evaluation of your case and work to achieve the most positive resolution possible in your circumstances.