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Weapons Offenses in Morris County

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Weapons Offense Attorney in Morris County, NJ

Morris County Handgun Possession Lawyers Defend Clients Against Gun Crime Charges

The law firm of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC handles violent crime and weapons offense cases throughout Morris County. Our firm regularly represents clients charged with a weapons offense from Boonton Town, Boonton Township, Butler, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Chester Borough, Chester Township, Denville, Dover, East Hanover, Florham Park, Hanover, Harding, Jefferson, Kinnelon, Lincoln Park, Long Hill, Madison, Mendham Borough, Mendham Township, Mine Hill, Montville, Morris Plains, Morris, Morristown, Mount Arlington, Mount Olive, Mountain Lakes, Netcong, Parsippany-Troy Hills, Pequannock, Randolph, Riverdale, Rockaway, Rockaway, Roxbury, Victory Gardens, Washington and Wharton.

In 2007, Morris County municipalities reported the following major crimes:

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

Boonton Town

Boonton Township


Chatham Borough

Chatham Township

Chester Borough

Chester Township



East Hanover

Florham Park





Lincoln Park

Long Hill


Mendham Borough

Mendham Township

Mine Hill


Morris Plains



Mount Arlington

Mount Olive

Mountain Lakes


Parsippany-Troy Hills







Victory Gardens



These violent crimes often involve the use of a weapon. In New Jersey, charges involving weapons are very serious. Shotguns, handguns, and knives are perceived as deadly weapons because they are regularly used during the commission of a violent crime. However, 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 bat is not considered a weapon if used properly during a baseball game. However, a bat used to commit an assault is a weapon.

Common criminal cases involving weapons may also include:

Morris 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. In addition, 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 against you. The penalties for these offenses are severe.

Persons Who May Not Possess a Gun in Morris 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 and face harsh penalties.

Weapons Possession Penalties in NJ

In New Jersey, the penalties for unlawful weapon possession 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

Weapons Offenses in New Jersey

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 convict the defendant.

  1. Statute
  2. Offense

Weapons Charges Are Heard in Morris County Superior Court

A charge based on a weapons offense is a serious criminal matter and, therefore, such charges are handled by the Criminal Division of the Morris County Superior Court. Morris County Superior Court is located in Morristown, New Jersey.

The Criminal Division consists of the following judges:

Free Consultations – Experienced Morris County Gun Crime Attorney

If you have been charged with a weapons offense in Morris County, we may be able to assist you. Our firm’s defense attorneys have many years of experience handling these matters. Casey Woodruff and Gary Grabas are both former County Prosecutors and have handled numerous criminal weapons offense charges. Jon Bramnick is a Certified Civil Trial Lawyer.

We will work to possibly have the evidence against you suppressed and 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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