Burlington County Prohibited Weapon Attorneys

A Talented Former Prosecutor In Our Mount Holly Office Is Ready To Discuss Your Illegal Weapon Charge

Particular objects constitute prohibited weapons in New Jersey and are illegal in almost any context.  N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3 outlines the items that are banned in this manner under New Jersey law, including destructive devices, handcuffs, high capacity magazines, defaced firearms, and hollow tip ammunition. If you were arrested in Burlington County because you possessed an illegal weapon, then you definitely should consider retaining the best criminal attorney that you can find. Most prohibited weapons charges are felonies that can land you in prison, so successfully defending this offense is crucial to protecting your future.

At the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, we feature a team with qualifications that are both impressive and highly unique. We provide our clients with:

  • Over 200 years of combined experience representing individuals charged with possession of high capacity ammunition, armor-penetrating bullets (i.e., hollow or Teflon coated tip), sawed-off shotguns and other illegal weapons at the Burlington County Superior Court in Mount Holly New Jersey
  • Ten lawyers that limit their practices exclusively to criminal defense
  • Former county prosecutors who have served as Director of the Major Crimes Bureau, Gun Task Force, Juvenile Unit, Domestic Violence, Special Operations, and even an entire Trial Division
  • Certified criminal trial attorneys
  • An office at 217 High Street in Mt. Holly just one from the county courthouse

An arrest for a weapons violation under 2C:39-3, it should be evident that our firm has the credentials to help you obtain the best result in your criminal case. It should also be apparent that it would be wise to take advantage of a free consultation with our office. Call us at 609-491-2110 for immediate assistance from a highly knowledgeable criminal defense attorney.

The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, 217 High St #201, Mt Holly, NJ 08060, represents clients arrested for possessing a prohibited weapon in violation of 2c:39-3 in Pemberton, Delran, Bordentown, Florence, Evesham, Mt. Laurel, Burlington Township, Medford, Maple Shade, Cinnaminson, Lumberton and other municipalities in Burlington County NJ.

Weapons Prohibited in New Jersey Under N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3

The prohibited weapons law applies to a wide variety of devices and objects. The headings below discuss the more common types of weapons falling under 2C:39-3.

Destructive Device. The term “destructive device” refers to explosives, including Molotov cocktails, rockets, bombs, grenades, and other incendiary devices. Possession of a destructive device is a third-degree crime punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

Sawed-off Shotgun. Possession of a sawed-off shotgun is also a third-degree crime with the same penalties as just described. A shotgun falls within this category if the “barrel or barrels of less than 18 inches in length measured from the breech to the muzzle, or a rifle having a barrel or barrels of less than 16 inches in length measured from the breech to the muzzle, or any firearm made from a rifle or a shotgun, whether by alteration, or otherwise, if such firearm as modified has an overall length of less than 26 inches.”

Defaced Firearms.  A handgun, rifle, shotgun, or other firearm is defaced if the marker, model, serial number, or another distinguishing characteristic is removed, covered, or destroyed from the weapon. Possession of a defaced firearm is a fourth-degree crime that carries up to 18 months in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Hollow Nose, Teflon Tip, and Other Body Armor Penetrating Bullets.  Possession of this type of prohibited weapon is also a fourth-degree crime. Bullets have three characteristics to be considered body armor penetrating: (1) the ammunition is designed for a handgun; (2) the core or jacket of the bullet whose core is made of tungsten carbide, hard bronze or similar material; and (3) the bullet is capable of piercing a bulletproof vest or other body armor.

 Large Capacity Ammunition Magazine. Subsection (j) of 2C:39-3 outlaws possession of a “large-capacity ammunition magazine”, defined as a box, drum, tube, or another container capable of holding more than 15 rounds of ammunition that is continuously fed directly into a semi-automatic handgun, rifle, shotgun or other firearms.

Handcuffs. An individual faces a disorderly persons offense along with up to 6 months in the Burlington County Jail and a $1,000 fine if they are in possession of handcuffs under circumstances not manifestly appropriate for lawful use (e.g. by someone who is not a member of law enforcement).

Stun Gun. Possession of a stun gun is a fourth-degree crime.

Miscellaneous Weapons. The prohibited weapons law also outlines a list of other items that are illegal, such as gravity knife, switchblade, dagger, billy club, blackjack, brass knuckles or a slingshot. It is a fourth-degree crime to possess one of these weapons.

Prohibited Weapon Defense Lawyer in Mount Holly New Jersey

A charge for possession of a prohibited weapon can arise in many contexts although as a companion offense to unlawful possession of a handgun (e.g. possession of a high capacity magazine or hollow tip bullets) is unquestionably the most common in Burlington County. Whether you were arrested for this violation following a motor vehicle stop, the search of your residence following an incident of domestic violence, or any other setting, you need skilled representation to avoid a criminal record and significant penalties. The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall possesses the know-how to protect your future. Contact our Mount Holly Office at 609-491-2110 to speak to one of our lawyers in a free consultation at any time of day or night. We can help you with an initial appearance, detention hearing, or to simply answer some questions about your charges.