Resolving Gun Charge Issues
New Jersey has the harshest gun laws in the country and strictly prosecutes gun offenses. To own or carry a gun, you must undergo a rigorous process of seeking approval from the local police department. A person found unlawfully possessing a gun can be sentenced to at least five years in prison, three of which are deemed parole ineligible. To avoid this sentencing, it is critical that your representation understands defense strategies or is able to secure waivers of the harsh gun laws. The criminal law attorneys of Weinstock Levin have secured waivers on behalf of clients throughout New Jersey. They have also fought and won gun offense cases by successfully litigating motions to suppress and through trial.
Zealous Gun Charge Defense Throughout New Jersey
The firm has defended the rights of clients in all types of gun-related charges, including:
- Unlawful possession of a handgun, shotgun or rifle
- Unlawful possession of an assault weapon
- Possession of a gun for an unlawful purpose
- Possession of a gun by a convicted felon
- Possession of a gun in furtherance of drug crimes
- Gun forfeiture hearings under the prevention of domestic violence act
- Gun forfeiture proceedings under the criminal code (NJSA 2C:58-3)
- Applications for permits to purchase handguns and for firearm ID cards
- Appeals of denials to purchase handguns and ID cards
- All matters relating to forfeiture, seizure and/or denial to possess guns
Often the police will find the gun or weapon by searching a car or home. Our lawyers will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of the search, determining if your constitutional rights were violated through illegal search and seizure.
Even if you legally own a gun, it may be seized by the police if you have been charged with a crime. Also, if you have had a temporary restraining order filed against you, the police will confiscate your weapon. To get the gun back after your legal matters have been sorted out, you must go through a process of proving that you should be allowed to own your gun again. Our attorneys are knowledgeable in this process and will aggressively advocate on your behalf, helping you get your gun back.
Gun Permits And Denials
To own a gun in New Jersey, you must file an application for a permit to purchase a gun, which requires approval from the police department. Our criminal law attorneys routinely represent individuals who have been denied an application; we know how to navigate the appeals process to obtain gun privileges on our clients’ behalf.
To be approved, you must show a justifiable need for owning a gun. If you have been convicted of a crime or domestic violence in the past, you will not be approved. We will review your situation and advise you of your options in seeking approval or in appealing a denial for a permit.
You Have Legal Options. Discuss Them With A Criminal Law Attorney For Free.
To discuss the gun charges that you face or the possibility of gun forfeiture, please contact our Atlantic City, New Jersey, law offices today to learn your legal options and how we can help. Call us at 609-318-3932 or toll- free at 800-549-7594, or send us an email.