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 will wreak havoc on your life, impacting your finances, job and family.
Weapons offense charges require dedicated and experienced legal representation from a criminal defense lawyer who knows and understands New Jersey laws regarding weapons offenses. Jill R. Cohen, Esq., has been fighting for the rights of people charged with weapons crimes in South Jersey for more than 30 years. She is one of the few lawyers in New Jersey who has been certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a criminal trial attorney. Ms. Cohen is also a former Camden County assistant prosecutor who is ready to hit the ground running, putting her knowledge of how the State builds its cases to work for you.
In order to prosecute a weapons offense under New Jersey criminal laws, 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.
Further, guns are not the only instruments that constitute a weapons offense. Courts have defined a weapon as any type of instrument that can cause serious physical injury or death, including knives or switchblades, daggers, nunchucks, Chinese stars, blackjacks, pellet guns, stun guns, airsoft guns, metal knuckles and baseball bats. In fact, in the right circumstances, almost anything could be considered a weapon.
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 Offices of Jill R. Cohen, our experienced Camden County criminal lawyers will work to reduce all charges against you to help you avoid jail sentences whenever possible. If you are first-time offender, when possible, Ms. Cohen will try to negotiate your acceptance into Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI). Upon completion of PTI, you will have your charges dismissed and your record cleared.
If you are facing any of the following weapons offenses, you need to contact criminal defense lawyer Jill Cohen immediately. It is critically important to have the right lawyer fighting for you because, in New Jersey, a weapons offense conviction triggers the Graves Act and mandatory jail time.
The New Jersey 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 3 ½ 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 which will remain with an individual for their rest of their lives.
Jill R. Cohen will fight for you when you are facing any weapons offense charges, including:
A criminal conviction for a New Jersey weapon offense will affect every area of an individual’s life, including their personal freedom, employment opportunities and personal relationships. Individuals charged with a weapons offense in New Jersey often face significant jail time and excessive monetary fines. Going into a legal battle without the assistance of an experienced criminal lawyer is one of the most serious mistakes an individual can make.
For a free initial consultation about your gun or other weapons charges, contact the law office of Jill R. Cohen, Esq., right away. Ms. Cohen will answer your questions, explain your options and fight tirelessly to protect your rights and your freedom.
As an assistant prosecutor Ms. Cohen litigated complex motions for the State, was an acting Camden City Municipal Prosecutor, and indicted over 800 cases before the Camden County Grand Jury. Ms. Cohen handled hundreds of indictable/felony and juvenile cases and tried numerous jury trials, in areas such as drug possession and distribution, school zone violations, domestic violence, aggravated assault, fraud, burglary, robbery, child sexual assault, child physical abuse, homicides, attempted murder and other crimes of magnitude.
With over 30 years in the criminal justice system, Ms. Cohen has developed a great working relationship with members of the local justice system. Ms. Cohen uses her vast experience to get her clients the best possible results.
Ms. Cohen leaves no stones unturned when she builds aggressive defense strategies designed to obtain the best possible outcome for her clients.
The New Jersey Supreme Court’s Attorney Certification Program is designed to help the public make sound and informed choices when deciding to hire an attorney. While there are over 60,000 practicing attorneys in the state of New Jersey, fewer than 250 New Jersey lawyers have been recognized by the NJ Supreme Court as Certified Criminal Trial Attorneys. Camden County criminal lawyer Jill Cohen has been recognized as an NJ Supreme Court Certified Criminal Trial Attorney every year since 2008. To become a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, Ms. Cohen received recommendations from her peers and judges throughout South Jersey.
Regardless of the incidents that led up to your arrest, every resident of New Jersey has the constitutional right to a fair trial. If you have been arrested or are being investigated, you need sound legal advice. Contact me today.