Possession of a Firearm Without a Carry Permit
Possession of a firearm is a second degree crime in New Jersey. That is, if the State can show that you possessed a firearm and you did not have a permit, you are likely looking at prison time if convicted. They do not need to show that you had any unlawful purpose. You could have had the best of intentions. It doesn’t matter. Of course, hope is not lost. Our team of tough, smart lawyers have helped many clients escape harsh punishment or even any punishment when charged with Possession of a Firearm Without a Carry Permit in New Jersey. Our initial consultations are free, so call us today.
Our client was a truck driver going from one state to another when an argument started with his boss. His boss told him to meet him in New Jersey and when our client got there, he was met by the police. Apparently, our client’s boss thought there would be an incident. When the police checked the cab of the truck, they found a firearm. Since the cab of a 18 wheeler isn’t a trunk and my client didn’t have a permit to carry the gun, he was arrested and charged with second degree unlawful possession of a weapon. This used to be a minor offense but a few years ago, the law was changed. Now this offense results in a minimum 5 year prison sentence under the Graves act even for first offenders. In this case, the first plea offer did include prison time. We actually received a number of plea offers but in our opinion, the client did nothing wrong. We continued to fight and in the end, the Prosecutor voluntarily dismissed the indictment that charged the client with unlawful possession of a weapon. As a result, this was a total victory. The client didn’t even have to pay court costs.
If you are facing a charge of second degree unlawful possession of a weapon in Mercer County or any other court in New Jersey, call us today.