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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:

Town

Total Major
Crimes

Crime
rate

Violent
rate

Murder

Rape

Robbery

Assault

Domestic
violence

Belleville

897

26.0

3.4

1

1

60

56

101

Bloomfield

1,429

31.5

2.9

1

2

84

43

201

Caldwell

38

5.2

0.3

0

0

0

2

46

Cedar Grove

178

13.9

0.6

0

0

1

7

57

East Orange

2,350

34.9

7.9

8

32

241

248

521

Essex Fells

14

6.8

0.0

0

0

0

0

1

Fairfield

371

48.1

1.6

0

1

2

9

56

Glen Ridge

160

23.2

1.4

0

0

7

3

29

Irvington

4,548

78.4

21.4

23

29

616

575

845

Livingston

460

16.2

0.7

0

2

8

11

59

Maplewood

457

20.1

2.5

1

0

33

23

81

Millburn

624

32.6

0.5

0

0

6

3

90

Montclair

877

23.5

2.6

2

5

50

40

175

Newark

13,970

49.6

8.8

105

60

1,127

1,197

1,488

North Caldwell

49

6.8

0.6

0

1

0

3

6

Nutley

465

17.2

1.8

0

2

16

30

128

Orange

1,863

58.5

12.3

5

9

220

157

361

Roseland

29

5.4

0.4

0

0

1

1

20

South Orange

449

27.4

3.4

0

0

31

25

81

Verona

126

9.7

0.6

0

1

0

7

9

West Caldwell

96

8.9

0.6

0

0

0

6

32

West Orange

884

20.3

2.0

2

2

48

37

163

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:

  • Peter J. Vazquez, P.J.S.C.
  • Stephen J. Bernstein, J.S.C.
  • Joseph C. Cassini, J.S.C.
  • Denise A. Cobham, J.S.C.
  • Hector E. DeSoto, J.S.C.
  • Philip M. Freedman, J.S.C.
  • Harold W. Fullilove, J.S.C.
  • Garry J. Furnari, J.S.C.
  • Robert H. Gardner, J.S.C.
  • Betty J. Lester, J.S.C.
  • Michael J. Nelson, J.S.C.
  • Serena Perretti, J.S.C.
  • Michael A. Petrolle, J.S.C.
  • Michael L. Ravin, J.S.C.
  • Peter V. Ryan, J.S.C.
  • Jerome M. St. John, J.S.C.
  • Ramona A. Santiago, J.S.C.
  • Torkwase Y. Sekou, J.S.C.

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

  • Bringing knives or guns to school;
  • Unlawfully possessing a gun due to a restraining order;
  • Carrying a weapon without a permit or with an improper permit; or
  • Falsifying permit information.

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.

Statute

Offense

N.J.S.A. § 2C:15-1

Armed Robbery

N.J.S.A. § 2C:39-3(a)

Destructive Devices

N.J.S.A. § 2C:39-3(b)

Sawed-off Shotguns

N.J.S.A. § 2C:39-3(c)

Silencers

N.J.S.A. § 2C:39-3(d)

Defaced Firearms

N.J.S.A. § 2C:39-3(e)

Knives and other weapons

N.J.S.A. § 2C:39-3(f)

Body Armor Penetrating Bullets

N.J.S.A. § 2C:39-4

Possession of Weapons for Unlawful Purpose

N.J.S.A. § 2C:39-4(e)

Imitation Firearms

N.J.S.A. § 2C:39-4.1

Possession of Weapons During the Commission of Certain Crimes

N.J.S.A. § 2C:39-5

Unlawful Possession of Weapons

N.J.S.A. § 2C:39-5(a)

Possession of a Machine Gun

N.J.S.A. § 2C:39-5(f)

Assault Firearms

N.J.S.A. § 2C:39-7

Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons

N.J.S.A. § 2C:39-9

Unlawful disposition of Firearm

N.J.S.A. § 2C:39-9.1

Sale of Large Hunting Knives to Persons Under Eighteen

N.J.S.A. § 2C:39-10

Violation of Regulatory Provisions Relating to Firearms

N.J.S.A. § 2C:39-10(c),(d),(e),(f)

Providing False Information on Gun Permits and Applications

Weapons Possession Penalties

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

Offense

Grade

Imprisonment

Possession of a:

  • Machine Gun
  • Handgun without a Permit
  • Rifle without a Firearms I.D.
  • Loaded Rifle or Shotgun

3rd Degree

Up to 5 Years

Other Weapons

4th Degree

Up to 18 Months

Possession of a Weapon at a School

4th Degree

Up to 18 Months

Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose

N.J.S.A. § 2C:39-4

Offense

Grade

Imprisonment

Gun, Firearm or Explosive Device

2nd Degree

Up to 10 Years

Other Weapons

3rd Degree

Up to 5 Years

Imitation Firearm

4th Degree

Up to 18 Months

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.

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