Weapon Charge Attorney in Camden County
Taking on Criminal Cases throughout Camden County
Make no mistake about it: gun charges and other weapons offenses in New Jersey are extremely serious. If you are convicted of unlawful possession of a gun, for example, you could be facing up to 10 years in prison. Even lesser penalties can wreak havoc on your life, impacting your finances, your job, and your family.
Weapon charges require dedicated and experienced legal representation from a criminal defense lawyer who knows and understands New Jersey laws regarding weapon offenses. At The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen, we fight for the rights of people charged with weapons crimes in Camden County and beyond. Attorney Jill Cohen is one of the few lawyers who has been certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer. Ms. Cohen is also a former prosecutor who is ready to hit the ground running, putting her knowledge of how the state builds its cases to work for you.
Protect your rights and freedom! Call The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen at (856) 351-5115.
Understanding Weapons Offenses
To prosecute a weapons offense, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant knowingly possessed a weapon under circumstances not appropriate for lawful use. Common firearms include handguns, rifles, pistols, shotguns, and machine guns.
Guns are not the only instruments that constitute a weapons offense. In fact, in the right circumstances, almost anything could be considered a weapon.
Courts have defined a weapon as any type of instrument that can cause serious physical injury or death, including:
- Knives or switchblades
- Chinese stars
- Pellet guns
- Stun guns
- Airsoft guns
- Metal knuckles
- Baseball bats
It is also important to note that in New Jersey, an individual may not possess a firearm on the grounds or in the buildings of any educational institution – including schools, colleges, and universities – regardless of whether the individual possesses a valid permit to carry the firearm or weapon.
At The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen, our experienced Camden County weapon crime attorney can work to reduce all charges against you to help you avoid jail sentences whenever possible. If you are a first-time offender, we can try to negotiate your acceptance into pre-trial intervention (PTI). Upon completing PTI, you will have your charges dismissed and your record cleared.
Types of Weapon Offenses & the Graves Act
In New Jersey, a weapons offense conviction triggers the Graves Act and mandatory jail time.
The Graves Act has made the unlawful possession of a firearm a second-degree criminal offense. New Jersey law imposes mandatory jail time of a minimum of three and a half years without the possibility of an early parole for most gun offenses. Individuals with prior criminal convictions face even longer prison sentences. In addition to the loss of freedom, a criminal conviction will result in a criminal record that will remain with an individual for the rest of their lives.
Our firm can fight for you when you are facing any weapons offense charges, including:
- Unlawful possession of certain weapons (such as sawed-off shotguns, silencers, body armor penetrating bullets, explosives)
- Carrying an unlicensed gun or a gun without a permit
- Using a weapon to inflict physical injury on another person
- Threatening another person with the use of a gun or other weapon
- Juvenile weapon charges
- Failing to surrender a weapon
- Unlawful use of fake or imitation firearms
- Parole or probation violations involving guns or other weapons
Count on The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen
A criminal conviction for a weapon offense can affect every aspect of your life, including your personal freedom, employment opportunities, and personal relationships. Going into a legal battle without the assistance of an experienced Camden County weapon offense lawyer is one of the most serious mistakes a defendant can make. Be sure to equip yourself with the client-focused and results-driven representation we offer.
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