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New Jersey’s gun laws are some of the toughest in the country and this is largely due to the establishment of the Graves Act. The Graves Act imposes a minimum term of parole ineligibility to a prison sentence resulting from weapons charges or gun charges. This is true even if this is your first offense. The term of parole ineligibility must be between one-third and one-half of the sentence, or three years, whichever number is greater. Exposure to the Graves Act is extremely serious. If you have been charged with a crime involving a weapon, it is essential that you contact a criminal defense attorney with significant experience in weapons charges and the Graves Act.
At the law offices of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC, we examine every detail of your case to ensure that your constitutional rights were not violated during the arrest. Even if law enforcement followed the rules, it is still possible to get charges reduced or negotiate to get you admitted into a diversionary program such as Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI). This type of program will set aside Graves Act requirements and will keep you out of jail completely. In fact, if you successfully complete a diversionary program, you won’t even have a record of these charges.
Unfortunately, New Jersey judges are often hesitant to admit individuals who have been charged with weapons offenses into PTI. This is where having a skilled attorney is of the utmost importance. A knowledgeable attorney will present a compelling, persuasive argument as to why you should be rehabilitated through PTI, rather than sent to prison.
The Graves Act can apply to weapons offense and gun crimes whether they were actually used or just possessed. For example, the Graves Act applies to:
Additionally, if an individual convicted of a Graves Act offense has been previously convicted of certain weapons/firearms offenses, he or she will likely be sentenced to an even longer term of imprisonment.
If you are facing any kind of weapons offense in Scotch Plains, Westfield, Union, Elizabeth and anywhere else in New Jersey, the attorneys at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC are here to help. All criminal charges are a serious matter, but weapons charges that fall under the Graves Act are about as serious as they come. Hire a seasoned criminal defense attorney who understands and has experienced with Graves Act cases. This is a complex and constantly changing area of the law, and these cases require the legal skill and knowledge that can only come from years of experience.
The experienced and successful criminal defense lawyers at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC will fight hard to defend you against weapons charges, including those that fall under the Graves Act. Contact our legal team for a free consultation about your case in Bridgewater, Somerville, Bedminster, Hillsborough, Bernards Township and throughout New Jersey. We will be with you every step of the way.