Unlawful Weapons Possession Certified Criminal Trial Attorney
Gun control is taken very seriously in the State of New Jersey, only allowing residents to own a firearm with a permit and banning assault weapons. Moreover, any gun purchased in New Jersey must be purchased from a licensed dealer with a gun permit. Certified Criminal Trial Attorney Michael P. Rubas routinely handles gun and weapons cases throughout the Superior Courts of New Jersey. For example, in April 2014 Mr. Rubas was able to obtain an acquittal on a Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, and Kidnapping in the matter of State of New Jersey v. K.W.
Consequences of a Conviction for an Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose
In New Jersey, possession of a unlawful possession of a weapon takes many forms. Any person who knowingly has in his possession any handgun without first having obtained a permit to carry is guilty of a second degree offense and faces mandatory imprisonment for 5 to 10 years. If the handgun is in the nature of an air gun or spring gun, that person is guilty of a third degree offense and faces imprisonment for 3 to 5 years. Any person who knowingly has in his possession any rifle or shotgun without having first obtained a firearms purchaser identification card is also guilty of a crime of the third degree. Finally, any person who knowingly has in his possession any other weapon (knife, bat, brass knuckles, etc.) under circumstances not manifestly appropriate for such lawful use is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree, facing up to 18 months imprisonment.
It is also illegal to possess a weapon for an unlawful purpose. Specifically, any person who has in his possession any firearm with a purpose to use it unlawfully against the person or property of another is guilty of a crime of the second degree and faces 5 to 10 years of mandatory imprisonment. Additionally, any person who has in his possession any weapon (not a firearm) with a purpose to use it unlawfully against the person or property of another is guilty of a crime of the third degree and faces 3 to 5 years of imprisonment.
Years of experience have taught Certified Trial Attorney Michael Rubas that every weapons case is fact sensitive and that a complete, well-planned defense is required. Rubas Law Offices explore every weapons case to identify any issues that can assist in defending and/or negotiating the best outcome for our clients.
Michael Rubas has a Monmouth County office in Manasquan and a Hudson County office in Jersey City that serve clients in the Superior Courts all throughout the State of New Jersey.