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December 18, 2023

Finding the Best Monmouth County Weapons Lawyer for Your Case

If you have been charged with a weapons offense in Monmouth County, New Jersey, hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney is crucial for mounting an effective legal defense. Weapons charges can lead to harsh penalties under New Jersey law, including hefty fines and lengthy prison sentences.

With so much at stake, you need an aggressive lawyer in your corner who knows how to fight these types of cases. The attorneys at My Firm have extensive experience defending clients against all types of weapons charges in Monmouth County and surrounding areas.

Understanding Weapons Charges in New Jersey

New Jersey has strict laws regarding the possession and use of weapons. Some of the most common weapons charges include:

  • Unlawful possession of a weapon – It is illegal to possess weapons such as firearms, explosives, and other deadly weapons without having the proper permits and licenses. Penalties depend on the type of weapon and your criminal history.
  • Possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose – This charge applies when you possessed a weapon while committing or attempting to commit an unlawful act, such as an assault, robbery, or another violent crime. This is a very serious offense.
  • Certain persons offenses – It is illegal for certain “prohibited persons” to purchase, own, possess, or control any firearm in New Jersey. This includes people with felony convictions, people convicted of various disorderly persons offenses and domestic violence acts, and juveniles under the age of 18.

Penalties for Weapons Offenses

The penalties for weapons charges in New Jersey range from fines to lengthy state prison sentences. Much depends on the nature of the offense and your criminal record.

For instance, a conviction for unlawful possession of a handgun will subject you to a mandatory minimum sentence ranging from 3-5 years in prison without parole under New Jersey’s Graves Act. Other offenses, like certain persons crimes, can result in up to 10 years imprisonment.

In addition to incarceration, you will likely face significant fines starting at $1,000 or more plus various mandatory penalties and surcharges. All weapons convictions result in a permanent criminal record as well.

Finding the Right Monmouth County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Facing weapons charges puts your future at risk. You need an attorney who knows how to thoroughly investigate these cases and build an aggressive defense on your behalf.

When researching criminal lawyers to represent you, look for the following:

  1. Extensive experience handling weapons charges – Your lawyer should have a proven track record helping clients beat allegations involving firearms, knives, explosives and other deadly weapons. An inexperienced attorney lacks the skills to get charges reduced or dismissed.
  2. Familiarity with New Jersey’s gun laws – Navigating the state’s complex weapons statutes takes an attorney well-versed in the relevant criminal codes and case law precedent. This expertise is key to spotting legal issues to exploit.
  3. Former prosecutor background – Insight into the prosecution’s approach to weapons cases can make a big difference. Former prosecutors know how the state develops these cases and where the weak points typically lie.
  4. Courtroom litigation skills – Since many weapons charges carry mandatory prison sentences, taking a plea deal may not be an option. You need a trial lawyer with the skills to win before a judge and jury.
  5. Access to skilled investigators – Thorough investigation and evidence gathering can reveal flaws in the prosecution’s case and lead to charges getting dismissed.

The criminal defense attorneys at My Firm check all these boxes. With over 60 years of combined experience, we have the skills and resources to build the strongest possible case for our clients facing weapons offenses.

Common Defenses in Monmouth County Gun & Weapons Cases

Skilled Monmouth County weapons lawyers know how to exploit flaws in the prosecution’s case to get charges reduced or dismissed pre-trial. Some potential defenses include:

  1. Illegal search and seizure – If police violated your 4th Amendment rights by conducting an improper search, any evidence found may be excluded. This could cause the case against you to collapse.
  2. Misidentification – Eyewitness misidentification is a common problem in criminal cases. If witnesses wrongly identified you, this creates ample room for doubt regarding your guilt.
  3. Entrapment – Undercover police operations sometimes cross the line into improperly inducing otherwise innocent people into committing illegal acts. This may provide a complete defense resulting in an acquittal.
  4. Self-defense – Using a weapon to protect yourself or others against an imminent threat of harm may provide legal justification for your actions.

Other possible defenses our lawyers commonly pursue include arguing you never actually or constructively possessed the weapon, the weapon does not meet the legal definition to sustain a conviction, law enforcement exceeded their authority, and violations of your Miranda rights.

An experienced Monmouth County gun lawyer will explore every avenue to get your charges reduced or dismissed. If necessary, we will take your case to trial and fight for an acquittal before a jury.

Our Proven Record Defending Weapons Charges

The criminal defense attorneys at My Firm have successfully defended all types of weapons allegations in Monmouth County and surrounding areas. Below is a small sample of our case results:

  • Possession of a Handgun Without a Permit – Reduced to a municipal ordinance violation with no jail, no probation.
  • Unlawful Possession of an Assault Firearm – Dismissed outright before trial.
  • Certain Persons Offense Involving Shotgun – Negotiated down to non-criminal disorderly persons offense.
  • Possession of Prohibited Ballistic Knife – Charges completely dismissed.
  • Aggravated Assault by Pointing a Firearm – Reduced to simple assault, no mandatory prison exposure.

Regardless of the allegations against you, we have the skills and determination to build the most vigorous defense possible under the circumstances. With our aggressive representation, many of our clients avoid the severe penalties these charges can carry if convicted.

Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Criminal Defense Team

If you or someone you love has been arrested for a gun, explosives or weapons violation in Monmouth County, do not delay in contacting our office. Our defense lawyers provide free, no-obligation case evaluations to all prospective clients.

To schedule an appointment and learn more about your best legal options, call us at (732) 123-4567 or contact us online today.

Resources

Articles

Three Things You Need to Know About Weapons Charges in New Jersey

This article provides an overview of various weapons offenses under New Jersey law and their penalties. It also offers guidance on finding the right criminal defense lawyer.

How to Avoid Harsh Penalties for Weapons Convictions in NJ

Tips and strategies defendants can use during the criminal process to seek charge dismissals or reductions in weapons cases.

Videos

What is the Graves Act?

A video explaining how New Jersey’s Graves Act works and when it applies to weapons cases. This law imposes mandatory prison sentences for certain convictions.

Body Camera Footage Leads to Gun Charges Being Tossed Out

Example video showing how body camera footage from a police officer led a judge to exclude evidence and dismiss gun possession charges against a defendant.

FAQs

Can you go to jail for possessing ammunition in New Jersey?

Yes, there are situations where merely possessing bullets or ammunition can result in criminal charges for certain persons who are banned from owning firearms and their components.

What should I do if police want to search my car and I have a weapon inside?

You have the right to refuse consent for a search in most cases. However, police may still attempt to establish probable cause to search without permission. Remaining silent and speaking with a lawyer is recommended.

Can I appeal if I am convicted of a gun crime in New Jersey?

Yes, with the assistance of an attorney you can file an appeal seeking to overturn a criminal conviction by raising issues of legal error, insufficient evidence and violation of your rights.

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