Weapons Offenses

Weapons Offenses Attorney in New Jersey Representing Defendants With Weapons Charges in all Criminal Courts in New Jersey and New York City

Weapons-OffensesEver-tightening gun laws have a harsh impact on anyone charged with a weapons offense. Carrying a weapon without a proper permit can result in a prison term. Using a weapon while committing a violent felony can (and almost always does) result in an enhanced jail sentence.

Minor weapons offenses, such as possession of a gun without a valid permit, were formerly simple and straightforward cases that were resolved quickly and easily. But Federal and State laws in this area have changed dramatically in recent years, and gun crimes now have greater consequences and require considerably more effort to dispose of. Many States, including New Jersey, have laws that frequently mandate a prison sentence in every case involving a gun. On the Federal level, strict sentencing guidelines in cases with weapons can similarly result in long prison terms.

Many gun cases raise issues concerning the legal definition of possession. If you are in the company of someone who is carrying an illegal handgun, you can be charged with possessing that gun regardless of the fact that it is not on your person. This is because the law recognizes two types of possession - actual and constructive. You may not actually possess the gun, but can still constructively possess it if you have access to it. Many defendants find themselves charged with weapons offenses arising from factual scenarios that fit this pattern.

We are New Jersey gun charge lawyers representing defendants with weapons offenses in the State and Federal courts in New Jersey or New York City, including:

  • Unlawful possession of a gun;
  • Simultaneously possessing drugs and a gun;
  • Assault with a deadly weapon;
  • Armed robbery;
  • Carrying a concealed weapon;
  • Possessing a sawed off shotgun or other altered weapon;
  • Possession of a defaced firearm;
  • Transporting weapons over state lines;
  • Graves Act issues;
  • Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon;
  • Purchasing a weapon for someone who cannot do so; and
  • Possessing certain types of ammunition.

Before saying anything to law enforcement authorities about a weapon in your possession or under your custody or control, contact us.

Many Items can Qualify as a Weapon in a Criminal Case

While most weapons charges involve a gun, anything that can be considered a dangerous weapon can lead to serious criminal charges. This includes knives, clubs, baseball bats, hammers, and other objects that are not typically considered weapons, but may be used to intimidate or injure someone.

Gun Crimes and Other Criminal Charges

Weapons charges appear frequently in robbery, drug possession, assault and similar cases. Possession of a weapon in such cases can ultimately enhance an already harsh penalty. Further, the charges can stack up fast and, depending upon the case, result in the imposition of consecutive sentences and even longer prison terms.

Contact us Immediately

Defendants with weapons charges or gun crimes may be facing a significant prison sentence. If you have been arrested on weapons charges or any related crime, such as a drug offense that also involved the use of an illegal handgun, you should be represented by an experienced New Jersey gun crimes lawyer. Contact us for aggressive representation in any State or Federal gun case. Call 800-361-6554 (toll free) or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

Client Reviews
"I hired Mr. Friedman to represent my son in a criminal matter that could have landed him in jail. Nobody in our family had ever been involved with the criminal justice system before, so this was all very new to us. He was very patient, answered all of our questions, and made sure we understood everything each step of the way. By the time the case was over, my son had a reduced charge for which he only had to pay some fines." Anonymous
"Mr. Friedman represented me when I was one of several students caught with drugs in a college dorm room. I was set to graduate at the end of the semester, and thought this case would ruin my life. He got my charges dismissed, and the record expunged. This lawyer was a total lifesaver!" Anonymous
"Our daughter has mental health issues. She got into a scuffle with the police and was charged with assaulting an officer. Our attorney, Jim Friedman, was able to show the prosecutor and Judge that the real problem here was her mental stability. She was placed on probation and avoided jail time. Most other lawyers we spoke to refused to take this case, but Jim Friedman took it and got us a great result. Thank you Mr. Friedman!" Anonymous
"I had federal criminal charges and felt totally lost. I was one of who knows how many defendants in this case, and I read on the Internet that almost everyone in federal court end up with a prison sentence, so I was really scared. My first lawyer, who told me that I would probably spend at least some time in prison, barely gave me the time of day after I paid him. Then I hired Jim Friedman to represent me. He stayed with me throughout the entire process. He was always available to answer my questions, and never let me lose hope. He negotiated aggressively with the federal prosecutor and I ended up with a short term of probation. I knew I would get convicted of something, but this lawyer kept me out of jail." Anonymous
"The only part of my trial that was better than watching Mr. Friedman question the witnesses was when the jury came out and said “not guilty” over and over again. You have to see this lawyer in court!" Anonymous