Weapons Offense Attorney in Hackensack, NJ
Seasoned Criminal Defense Lawyer Helps Those Charged with Weapons Offenses in Bergen County, Hudson County, Passaic County & Essex County, New Jersey
Because New Jersey takes a hard stance against violence, the penalties surrounding weapons offenses are severe. A conviction for any weapons charge in New Jersey can lead to a lengthy prison sentence, and if the charges are subject to the Graves Act, you will be required to serve 85 percent of your sentence before you are eligible for parole. The circumstances surrounding your weapon offense and the location where you were caught determine the specific weapons crimes you’ll be charged with. If you used a weapon to commit a crime such as robbery, assault, rape, burglary, drug trafficking, or any other serious offenses, there will be additional criminal charges and, if convicted, even more severe penalties. The location where the crime occurred will also impact the charges filed against you. For instance, if you were within a prohibited area near a school, school bus, public park, or housing project, penalties may be doubled. Any prior criminal convictions will also matter during sentencing. The many variables surrounding a weapons offense are challenging to fight and require a strong, strategic defense from a skilled NJ criminal lawyer.
Seasoned Hackensack criminal defense attorney Adam M. Lustberg has more than a decade of experience representing individuals charged with weapons offenses involving handguns, BB guns, Airsoft guns, knives, and other weapons. He knows the laws surrounding these charges and can build a strong defense on your behalf. He regularly represents defendants charged with weapons crimes in Hackensack, Fort Lee, Elmwood Park, Rochelle Park, Fair Lawn, Newark, East Orange, Bloomfield, and throughout New Jersey. Contact Adam Lustberg today to schedule a free consultation about your case.
Hackensack Weapons Charges Are Complex and Challenging to Defend
The types of weapons charges under N.J.S.A. 2C:39 include:
Unlawful Possession of a Weapon – N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5: To lawfully possess a weapon, a person must have the required license, permit, and/or firearms purchase identification card. The offense of unlawful possession of a weapon applies to handguns, shotguns, rifles, machine guns, and any other weapons illegally possessed or when considered by law not to be appropriate for lawful use. Even possessing a brick or a bat can be considered unlawful possession of a weapon if it is used to threaten a victim and/or commit a crime.
Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose – N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4: If a person is lawfully in possession of a weapon but the weapon is used to commit a crime, that person can still be charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. It is typical that when certain crimes such as robbery, burglary, rape, domestic violence, or kidnapping are committed, a weapon is used. The degree of the charges depends upon the type of weapon involved in the alleged offense.
Unlawful Disposition of a Firearm – N.J.S.A. 2C:39-9: To manufacture, ship, transport, sell, or dispose of any weapon – not just firearms – without the required licenses or registration is the crime of unlawful disposition of a firearm. NJ law enforcement and military personnel are typically not governed under this statute. In addition to handguns, rifles, shotguns, machine guns, and assault rifles, this statute applies to silencers, ammunition magazines, armor-penetrating bullets, brass knuckles, knives and switchblades, stilettos, daggers, stun guns, and many other types of objects legally classified as weapons.
Certain Persons Offenses – N.J.S.A. 2C:39-7: If you’ve been convicted of certain types of crimes in the past, you may not be allowed to legally possess a weapon in New Jersey. If you fall under any of these classifications and are caught with a weapon, you could face a criminal weapons charge and a Certain Persons Offense charge. Further, those who have previously been committed to a psychiatric hospital or mental institution, who have been convicted of the use, possession, or sale of a controlled dangerous substance, or who are under court order not to possess a firearm are also prohibited from possessing a weapon.
The crimes of carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a loaded weapon in public, and brandishing a weapon without proper licensing and requirements are also considered serious offenses under New Jersey criminal statutes.
A Solid Defense by a Seasoned Criminal Defense Attorney Who Will Fight for Your Rights in Hackensack Handgun Cases
To prove weapons offenses, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you knowingly committed the crime. As an experienced criminal defense attorney who has handled countless weapons cases in superior courts throughout New Jersey, attorney Adam M. Lustberg has successfully built a strong defense on his clients’ behalf and gotten criminal weapons charges reduced, withdrawn, and dismissed. With your freedom at stake, he will work diligently to ensure your constitutional rights are protected throughout the legal process. Additionally, as a passionate advocate for his clients, he is committed to minimizing the consequences you face.
Contact an Experienced Hackensack Criminal Weapons Charge Lawyer Today to Begin the Fight for Justice
For your free case review and evaluation to learn what options you may have to defend yourself against an extended prison sentence and other serious penalties associated with criminal weapons charged in New Jersey, call Hackensack criminal defense attorney Adam M. Lustberg immediately or fill out the online contact form. If you’re reading this page on behalf of a loved one, he will visit them at the jail.