Firearms Defense in Mt. Ephraim, NJ
It is your right, by the Second Amendment, to keep and bear arms. Our constitution provides the legal means to protect yourself and your family, but there are certain restrictions in place, limiting who can have a firearm and what firearms they can possess. The laws in New Jersey are complicated and considered some of the strictest in the country. Easily, a person can find themselves in serious legal trouble without willingly breaking the law. If you or a loved one is arrested for a firearm violation, it is important to retain the services of an effective and experienced law firm. Thomas DeMarco & Associates, LLC has proudly represented clients in Southern New Jersey for decades. If you need a legal team ready to fight for your rights, contact our firm today.
Common Firearms Offenses in New Jersey
The state of New Jersey doesn’t make it easy to legally possess a firearm. In order to purchase a firearm, you must obtain a permit. You will be required to obtain a separate permit to carry a firearm lawfully, but it is important to note that these are very rarely issued. Some of the many weapons offenses that our firm handles include the following:
- Firearm possession without a valid permit
- Possession of a firearm that was stolen or unregistered
- Unlawful carry, either concealed or open
- Bringing weapons into New Jersey from another state, even if they are possessed legally in the state of origin
- Possession of an assault firearm or sawed-off shotgun
- Possession of an airsoft gun or a BB gun
Consequences of a Conviction
The consequences of a firearm conviction in the state of New Jersey are serious and last longer than just the period of time you are serving upon conviction. Firearms offenses on a criminal record can have significant penalties in your everyday life for years down the road. The breakdown of firearm crimes is as follows:
- Third-Degree Crimes: illegal possession of a rifle, shotgun, air gun or spring gun. A conviction can result in three to five years in jail.
- Second-Degree Crimes: illegal possession of a machine gun, handgun, or assault weapon. A conviction can result in five to ten years in jail.
Obtaining a Carry Permit
In the state of New Jersey, it is quite challenging to obtain a license to carry a firearm. You will have to prove in your application that you have a “justifiable need” to carry a firearm, which typically means that you have been the subject of specific physical threats or your job requires you to carry a firearm.
Contact a NJ Firearm Possession Defense Attorney
If you were charged with a weapons offense in New Jersey, it is critical that you retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney who can assess your situation and defend your rights. Thomas DeMarco & Associates, LLC can help you avoid the pitfalls of a criminal record. Our firm has proudly represented clients in southern New Jersey since 1992 and has the skill it takes to represent your interests. Contact Thomas DeMarco & Associates, LLC today to learn more about how we can help.