Former Prosecutors With Over 200 Years Experience Defending Weapon Charges in Camden County Like Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, Illegal Handgun, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon & Similar Offenses
Weapons offenses are treated quite harshly in Camden, New Jersey and throughout the state. Our gun control regulations are very strict. If you or someone you love has been charged with any one of the multiple weapons violations identified in the New Jersey Criminal Code, the ramifications can be severe and long-lasting. At the Criminal Firm of the the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, we fully appreciate what is at stake and are committed to offering you the most vigorous defense possible in gun and other weapon cases. Our qualifications for representing you are truly rare and include:
- Over 200 Years of Combined Experience Defending Weapons Charges in Camden County
- A team of Former County Prosecutors That Served In Key Possessions Like Director of the Gun Task Force, Major Crimes Bureau and the entire Trial Division
- Certified Criminal Trial Attorneys on staff, a distinction held by less than 2% of the attorneys in the state
- Countless handgun and other weapon offenses successfully handled over the last several decades, including numerous trials resulting in acquittal
If you were arrested for any type of weapon violation and would like a free consultation, contact our Camden Office. An attorney is available around the clock to answer your questions, offer insight into how we can defend your charge or to assist in preparation for a detention hearing.
The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall is located at 121 Market Street, Suite 201, Camden, New Jersey 08102. Lawyers are available for free consultations 24/7 by calling 856.288.3350.
Weapons Offenses in Camden County, New Jersey
The New Jersey Code makes almost all varieties of weapon offense a felony. You may be charged with a weapons violation for any of the following circumstances:
- You were in possession of a prohibited weapon (i.e. silencer, stun gun, defaced firearm, hollow point bullets, high capacity magazine).
- You attempted to committed a crime such as assault or robbery with a weapon.
- You possessed a handgun that was acquired legally but do not have a carry permit.
- You had a weapon even though your prior record prohibits legally possessing such an item (e.g. firearm).
Many factors affect the degree and seriousness of weapon charges; likewise the potential penalties. Irrespective, your case will be handled by the Criminal Division of the New Jersey Superior Court, Camden Vicinage. In most instances, jail time is a very real possibility. For a first degree crime, you face 10-20 years of imprisonment. A second degree weapon crime results in 5-10 years in state prison. Even a third degree crime for illegally possessing a weapon can land you in prison for up to 5 years. There are also special parole restrictions and mandatory minimum terms of imprisonment that apply in these types of cases, particularly when a handgun is involved. The point is that there are many serious weapons charges in New Jersey. Our attorneys provide criminal defense services for the following weapons violations, as well as many others.
- Illegal Weapons
- Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes
- Possession of a Handgun Without a New Jersey License or Permit
- Unlawful Possession of a Weapon
- Certain Person Not To Possess a Weapon
- Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of CDS Activities
- Carrying a Concealed Weapon
- Illegal Handgun Charges
- Possession of a stolen or unregistered gun
- Juvenile Weapons Charges
- BB, Pellet & Airsoft Guns
At the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, we have one of the largest legal defense teams in the state. The combined experience of our criminal attorneys exceeds two centuries. We put our considerable knowledge into action to protect clients charged with a weapons offense, help them avoid a felony conviction and what is often a mandatory prison sentence. With our seasoned counsel and defense, we will guide you through the criminal law system utilizing the insight we have gained through prior experience as New Jersey prosecutors.
Potential Defenses Our Attorneys Will Explore
There are a number of defenses that are often ripe for use in an illegal weapon case in Camden County. Some of the more notable avenues of attack by our lawyers including:
Challenging an Improper Motor Vehicle Stop
Seizure of weapons often stems from a motor vehicle stop. This action by the police isn’t, however, always supported by reasonable suspicion of a violation of the traffic laws. We will challenge the stop and, assuming we are successfully, set aside the arrest from the very start.
Suppress an Illegal Search or Seizure
The New Jersey and Federal search and seizure laws impose strict guidelines on when police can under take a search of your house, apartment, place of business, car or other property. Police often attempt to circumvent these rules and illegally conduct a search. A savvy attorney like those at our firm will analyze the facts so that a potent motion to suppress the evidence seized as the result of an improper search can be barred from evidence in your weapon case. This often results in a dismissal of the related charge.
You Were Not In Possession of the Weapon
A basic premise of almost every weapon charge is “possession”, namely, that the accused knowingly exercised control over the handgun, firearm, knife or other weapon. A good example is when a gun is found in a car occupied by several individuals. If we can successfully contest your knowledge and/or intent with respect to the weapon, this will result in a defeat of the offense altogether.
The Police Violated Your Miranda Rights
Law enforcement is prohibited from interrogating an individual without advising them of their rights. They are also precluded from conducting what is essentially an arrest without probable cause. Unfortunately, the police are lax in adhering to these fundamental tenets when it comes to making an arrest. Our lawyers are here to make sure violation of this nature are corrected so that you can move on with your life without the negative impact of a weapon violation on your record.
Contact Our Camden Weapon Offense Defense Lawyers
When facing New Jersey’s harsh weapons offenses laws, you need an experienced criminal lawyer to mount a successful defense. This is exactly what the attorneys at our firm are capable of providing. We will dissect the facts of your case, explore every possible defense under the law and prepare an effective strategy to maintain your freedom. If you were charged with a weapon offense and need our help, an attorney is ready to speak to you immediately. Contact our Camden Criminal Defense Firm at 856-662-8300 for a free initial consultation. We are also available in other locations like weapon charges in Gloucester County.
The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall defends handgun, shotgun and other weapons charges throughout Camden County, including individuals arrested in Cherry Hill, the City of Camden, Gloucester Township, Pennsauken, Haddon Heights, Collingswood, Lindenwold, Bellmawr, Berlin, Audubon, Haddonfield, Gloucester City, Stratford and other local municipalities.