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Essex County Weapons Offense Lawyers

Gun Crime Attorneys Represent Individuals Charged with Weapons Offenses in Essex County NJ

The law firm of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC handles violent crime and weapons offense cases throughout Essex County. Our firm regularly represents clients charged with a weapons-related offense from Belleville, Bloomfield, Caldwell, Cedar Grove, East Orange, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Irvington, Livingston, Maplewood, Millburn, Montclair, Newark, North Caldwell, Nutley, Orange, Roseland, South Orange, Verona, West Caldwell and West Orange.

Violent Crimes in Essex County, New Jersey

In 2007, Essex County municipalities reported the following offenses:

    1. Town
    2. Total Major Crimes
    3. Crime rate
    4. Violent rate
    5. Murder
    6. Rape
    7. Robbery
    8. Assault
    9. Domestic violence




Cedar Grove

East Orange

Essex Fells


Glen Ridge







North Caldwell




South Orange


West Caldwell

West Orange

Criminal charges based on violent felonies are handled by the Criminal Division of the Essex County Superior Court, located in Newark, New Jersey.

The Criminal Division is represented by the following judges:

Frequently, these violent crimes involve the use of a weapon. The Criminal Division presides over these cases and others that involve a weapon, including:

A Weapon Can Be Anything Under NJ Law

A weapon can be any object depending on the purpose for which it is used. If the purpose of using the object is to commit a crime, it may be considered a weapon. For example, a rock is not generally considered a weapon. However, a rock used to commit an assault, is a weapon.

Essex County Gun Possession Charges

Some objects are inherently dangerous and possessing them may be a crime. In New Jersey, possession of a gun may be unlawful if a person does not abide by the strict purchasing and carrying guidelines. A person must hold a firearms identification card to purchase any type of firearm. Furthermore, if a person wishes to buy a handgun, he must obtain a separate permit to purchase. A person generally may not carry a handgun without a New Jersey carry-permit. Failure to follow New Jersey’s strict guidelines on purchasing and carrying a firearm could lead to charges of unlawful possession of a weapon against you. The penalties for these offenses are severe.

Persons Who May Not Possess a Gun Charges in Essex County NJ

Certain persons may not possess a gun under any circumstance. Convicted felons, persons on probation or parole, or persons with restraining orders against them may not possess or carry a firearm. Thus, even if a person follows the purchasing and carrying guidelines, he may still be violating the law.

Essex County, NJ Weapons Offenses

In New Jersey, there are many crimes involving weapons. The chart below details the offenses that require the use or possession of a weapon in order for the State to obtain a conviction.

  1. Statute
  2. Offense

The penalties for unlawful weapon possession in New Jersey are serious. The charts below outline the penalties for these offenses.

Unlawful Possession of a Weapon

N.J.S.A. § 2C:39-5

  1. Offense
  2. Grade
  3. Imprisonment

Possession of a:

3rd Degree: Up to 5 Years

4th Degree: Up to 18 Months

4th Degree; Up to 18 Months

Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose

N.J.S.A. § 2C:39-4

  1. Offense
  2. Grade
  3. Imprisonment

Gun, Firearm or Explosive Device

Other Weapons

Imitation Firearm

Free Consultations Available – Essex County Gun Crime Lawyer

If you have received a criminal charge involving a weapon in Essex County, we may be able to help you. Our firm’s criminal defense attorneys understand how to handle these matters. Casey Woodruff and Gary Grabas are both former County Prosecutors. Both have handled numerous weapons offense cases. Jon Bramnick is a Certified Civil Trial Lawyer.

Our defense lawyers will work to suppress the evidence against you and have your charges dismissed. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.

You can reach us 24 hours a day: (908) 322-7000.




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