Atlantic City, NJ Lawyer Defends Clients Facing Possession of Firearms for Unlawful Purposes Charges
It is actually quite easy to get charged with possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes in New Jersey. This is because just about anything can be considered a weapon, including imitation firearms (fake guns), bats, razor blades and slingshots. An altercation can turn from a relatively insignificant fist fight into a third degree offense in Atlantic or Cape May counties in New Jersey if an individual is found to have a razor blade or knife in his possession.
Prosecutors seek the maximum penalties in cases involving weapons offenses. If you have been charged with possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, it is essential that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. At the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty, we have successfully defended even the most difficult weapons charges including carrying a handgun without a permit. Mr. Tumelty’s experience as a former prosecutor gives him insight into the prosecution’s tactics when it comes to cases involving illegal possession of a firearm. He uses this knowledge to attack their case and get you the best possible outcome.
Why You Need a Skilled & Experienced New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer on Your Side
Mr. Tumelty knows the alternative sentencing options available to first time offenders, such as the Pre-Trial Intervention Program. If you qualify, PTI will keep your record clean. Even if PTI is not an option for you, there are many lines of defense when charged with a weapons offense. This is a complex area of the law, and only a skilled, experienced criminal defense attorney will know how to use these complexities to your advantage. Mr. Tumelty serves clients in Atlantic City, Cape May, Wildwood, Little Egg Harbor and Ocean Township, and throughout New Jersey.
Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose: N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4
A firearms charge is the harshest under this statute. This is a second degree charge and carries a prison term of 5 to 10 years. In addition, as this charge falls under the “Graves Act” there is a mandatory period of parole ineligibility (a minimum of three years).
Weapons other than firearms come with a third degree charge. This charge carries a prison term of three to five years.
Imitation firearms will get you a second degree charge. You will spend up to 18 months in prison if convicted.
Rely on Lawyer John Tumelty to Fight Your Possession of Weapons for Unlawful Purposes Charges in Atlantic, Ocean and Cape May Counties
New Jersey has some of the strictest gun and weapons laws in the country. If you have been charged with possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, the state will try to punish you to the fullest extent of the law. However, there are a multitude of defenses that can be used to lessen the charges or get your case dismissed entirely. First of all, The state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the you actually possessed a weapon and that you used it, or intended to use it, for an unlawful purpose.
A skilled attorney will raise every possible defense against this charge. Were your Constitutional rights violated during the arrest? Were all procedures followed correctly? If there is any doubt, Mr. Tumelty will use it to your advantage. Weapons charges are a serious matter. Having a conviction on your record can make it difficult to get a job or housing in the future. Don’t make the mistake of hiring the wrong attorney.
Contact the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty if You Have Been Charged with Possession of Weapons for Unlawful Purposes
At the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty, we have experience defending even the most complex weapons charges. Our experience, understanding and knowledge have allowed us to successfully defend clients in all types of criminal cases for over 30 years. If you or someone you love has received any type of weapons charges, contact Mr. Tumelty today for a free consultation in one of our three offices in Atlantic City, Somers Point or Marmora, NJ. You may call our office at 609.385.4010 or fill out this confidential contact form and our legal team will contact you shortly.