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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:

Town

Total Major
Crimes

Crime
Rate

Violent
Rate

Murder

Rape

Robbery

Assault

Domestic
violence

Boonton Town

51

5.9

0.5

0

1

0

3

71

Boonton Township

32

7.3

1.8

0

5

0

3

30

Butler

136

16.8

0.7

0

6

0

0

72

Chatham Borough

60

7.2

0.1

0

0

0

1

11

Chatham Township

38

3.7

0.1

0

0

0

1

27

Chester Borough

28

17.0

0.0

0

0

0

0

0

Chester Township

44

5.6

0.3

0

0

0

2

28

Denville

175

10.5

0.1

0

0

0

2

64

Dover

379

20.6

3.6

0

4

39

23

120

East Hanover

249

21.4

0.3

0

0

2

2

72

Florham Park

103

8.2

0.5

1

1

2

2

50

Hanover

190

13.8

0.8

0

0

2

9

54

Harding

23

6.8

0.9

0

0

0

3

11

Jefferson

250

11.4

0.8

0

1

3

13

99

Kinnelon

67

6.9

0.3

0

0

1

2

20

Lincoln Park

97

8.9

0.5

0

2

0

3

38

Long Hill

58

6.6

0.3

0

0

0

3

21

Madison

152

9.5

0.6

0

2

1

6

31

Mendham Borough

27

5.2

0.2

0

0

0

1

5

Mendham Township

33

5.9

1.1

0

0

1

5

5

Mine Hill

36

9.8

0.0

0

0

0

0

17

Montville

236

11.0

0.6

0

0

4

8

72

Morris Plains

71

12.7

0.7

0

0

4

0

25

Morris

159

7.4

1.4

0

4

3

23

78

Morristown

623

32.9

6.4

0

1

56

65

231

Mount Arlington

59

10.3

0.5

0

0

0

3

63

Mount Olive

272

10.4

0.2

0

1

0

5

184

Mountain Lakes

78

18.0

0.7

0

0

0

3

2

Netcong

84

25.5

1.5

0

1

0

4

64

Parsippany-Troy Hills

919

17.7

0.8

0

5

13

23

201

Pequannock

186

11.4

0.4

0

0

0

7

82

Randolph

216

8.4

0.2

0

0

1

3

184

Riverdale

92

34.4

1.1

0

0

0

3

14

Rockaway

60

9.4

0.6

0

0

2

2

33

Rockaway

573

22.2

0.8

0

1

7

13

129

Roxbury

360

15.1

0.8

0

0

5

13

83

Victory Gardens

24

15.8

2.6

0

0

0

4

31

Washington

132

7.1

0.5

0

1

1

8

76

Wharton

102

16.4

1.1

0

1

2

4

75

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:

  • 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.

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

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

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.

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 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:

  • Salem Vincent Ahto
  • Thomas V. Manahan
  • John B. Dangler

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.

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