Weapon Possession in New JerseyThe right to bear arms is a constitutional right, however all states do limit someone’s ability to carry and/or possession firearms in certain places. Anyone who possesses a weapon that is prohibited by state and/or federal law can be charged with possession of a prohibited weapon. With the help of a criminal defense lawyer from The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen, you can ensure that your legal rights are protected every step of the way.
What Are the Types of Weapons that are Prohibited in New Jersey?
According to state law, possessing gas guns, exploding projectiles, explosives, brass knuckles, switch blade knives and firearms with silencers are all illegal. Whenever you carry any of these weapon (and other prohibited ones unlisted), whether in your home or in your vehicle, this is considered possession. A prosecutor must show that you have control over your prohibited weapon to charge you with this gun crime.
What is the Difference Between Possessing and Carrying a Concealed Weapon?
While possessing is similar to carrying, there are differences. When the state prohibits a certain weapon, it doesn’t matter whether you own it, carry it or just have it in your house, it’s illegal all around. However, if you carry a prohibited weapon, you may also be charged with carrying a concealed weapon too.
What Are the Penalties for Possession of a Prohibited Weapon in New Jersey?
Possession of a prohibited weapon is a third-degree crime, however it becomes a fourth-degree crime if you possess a silencer, stun gun, switchblade knife, billy, blackjack, metal knuckles (and other weapons). A fourth-degree crime conviction can lead to a prison sentence up to 18 months while a third-degree crime conviction can lead up to a year in county jail.
Contact an Experienced Haddon Township Criminal Defense Lawyer About Your Weapon Charges in New Jersey
Were you arrested or charged with weapon possession in New Jersey? The consequences of a conviction could be severe, leaving you with a permanent criminal record and possibly even sending you to jail. That is why you need to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney as soon as possible about your case. The attorneys at The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen have successfully represented clients charged with drug crimes in Cherry Hill, Winslow, Voorhees, and Haddonfield and throughout New Jersey. Call 856-242-7177 or fill out the online contact form to schedule a consultation with a member of our legal team. We have an office conveniently located at 210 Haddon Avenue, Haddon Township NJ 08109.
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