Possession of Weapons for Unlawful Purposes
New Jersey is known throughout the country for being one of the toughest states for gun and weapon laws. One of these laws is possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose. A conviction for this offense results in severe penalties that include the potential for years in state prison. If you have been charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, including a handgun or other firearm, it is certainly in your best interests to retain a qualified defense lawyer immediately.Berkeley NJ Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose Lawyer
Our firm, Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, has the qualifications to successfully defend you. We are former prosecutors and skilled attorneys that have been defending weapon charges for over a century collectively in Ocean County, including those arising in Toms River, Lacey, Jackson, Lakewood and Seaside Heights. There are many stories of favorable outcomes over the years, including in cases involving charges for possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose. To speak to an attorney immediately in a free consultation, contact our Toms River Office at (732) 286-6500.Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose Offense in Ocean County
If you possess a weapon for an unlawful purpose in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C: 39-4, the law imposes serious consequences. This is the case even if you have a valid license or permit for the firearm or other weapon possessed unlawfully. The severity of an unlawful purpose offense and degree of crime depends on the type of weapon and the circumstances surrounding the unlawful possession. A knife, bat or similar object results in a third degree crime when it is is possessed for an unlawful purpose. This charge is enhanced to a second degree crime where possession for an unlawful purpose involves a rifle, shotgun, handgun or other firearm. Possession of an imitation firearm for an unlawful purpose is a fourth degree crime.
Penalties for Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose. A second degree crime for possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes results in a fine of up to $150,000 and 5-10 years in prison. Third degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes triggers up to 5 years in prison and a maximum fine of $15,000. Fourth degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose result in a fine of up to $10,000 and a state prison term that can reach 18 months.Manchester NJ Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose Attorney
If you have been arrested or charged with possession of a weapon with unlawful purpose, it is essential that you hire a lawyer who understands the charge and has the skill to provide you with an effective defense. Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall is comprised of veteran criminal defense attorneys and former prosecutors that have over 100 years of combined experience representing individuals charge with possessing a weapon for unlawful purpose in Stafford, Brick, Berkeley, Point Pleasant, Manchester, Tuckerton or another municipality. Our lawyers are prepared to aggressively defend your offense so that you reach the very best outcome of your case. An attorney at our firm is ready now at (732) 286-6500 to assist you.