A criminal offense that is extremely serious and frequently encountered by our Union County criminal defense firm is weapon possession. The weapons we are referring to not only include the classic handgun, shotgun, assault rifle or knife, but also such things as a bat, bottle, hammer, or pipe. Whenever charges involve allegations of a “weapon”, the potential for jail and other penalty exposure can be great. It is therefore very important to enlist an experienced weapons attorney on your behalf.
The members of the defense team at Marshall Bonus Proetta & Oliver have over 100 years of combined experience defending handgun and other weapon violations. We also happen to feature a staff that includes several former prosecutors that know exactly how the courts and law works from both sides. An attorney at our firm can offer you highly qualified legal representation whether the weapon offense is a second degree, third degree or fourth degree crime. Contact us at 908-272-1700 for a free initial consultation.
Weapon Offense in Union County New Jersey
The New Jersey Criminal Code outlines many weapon offenses. Some of these violations occur more frequently than others. The more common weapon charges dealt with at the Union County Superior Court are:
- 2C:39-3. Prohibited Weapons & Devices, including a sawed off shotgun, silencer, defaced firearm, body armor, hollow tip bullets, stun guns, handcuffs, and large capacity magazines.
- 2C:39-4. Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes.
- 2C:39-5. Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, including Possession of a Handgun Without a Permit.
- 2C:39-7. Certain Persons Not to Have A Weapon or Firearm
- 2C:39-4.1 Possession of a Firearm or Other Weapon During the Course of a CDS Offense
Our attorneys have significant expertise in all varieties of weapon offense. Jonathan F. Marshall, the head of the firm, is an often sited and consulted former prosecutor with approximately twenty-five (25) years experience. Jason Seidman is also a former prosecutor who is the former director of the Gangs, Guns & Drugs Task Force. Keith Oliver, another partner in the firm, has a significant amount of weapon and firearm experience.
Whether you were arrested following motor vehicle stop where a handgun was discovered, as a result of a search warrant at your apartment/house or because you were allegedly involved in criminal activity (e.g. distributing CDS, aggravated assault, etc.), the consequences of a conviction are extreme. The gun laws in New Jersey are some of the strictest in the country with the potential for state prison in many cases. A complaint or indictment that accuses you of illegal possession handgun or other weapon is therefore something that requires the services of a skilled attorney.
Union County Handgun Defense Attorney
The lawyers at Marshall Bonus Proetta & Oliver are well versed in all of these weapon offenses. They are also knowledgeable in all applicable sentencing guidelines including the No Early Release Act (“NERA”), Graves Act, and other Parole Ineligibility provisions provided under NJ law. If you were charged as a certain persons, for possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, possession of a prohibited weapon, or possession of a handgun without a permit, you need an experienced attorney to fight for your rights. Attorneys on our staff are available to help you in this capacity 24/7 at 908-272-1700.