Camden NJ BB Gun Defense Attorney
A common but potentially serious criminal offense that someone can face in Camden County is the possession of a BB, Pellet, Paintball or Airsoft Gun. Beyond the somewhat inflated penalties that apply to these weapons, the charge frequently involves a minor or someone who is a young adult. Unfortunately, failure to properly handle the defense of this offense can result in serious ramifications that include a period of incarceration in the county jail or even state prison. If you or your child was arrested or otherwise charged with illegal possession of an air gun or spring gun, our Camden Criminal Attorneys are equipped to effectively defend the charge. We are former prosecutors and a team of eight experienced defense lawyers who have defended a large number of cases involving a BB Gun and similar devices. Our team has the know how to skillfully defend you whether you arrested in Gloucester Township, Cherry Hill, Camden, Lindenwold or any other location in the area. To speak to an attorney on our staff anytime 24/7 in a free initial consultation, call our Cherry Hill Office at 856-662-8300.
Charged With Possessing An Illegal Airsoft, BB or Pellet Gun in Camden County New Jersey
The definition of “firearm” under NJ Law is what brings airsoft, pellet and bb guns within the criminal realm. Another dynamic that often brings the justice system into play is the prohibition under N.J.S.A. 2C:58-6.1 against someone under the age of eighteen (18) from purchasing, possessing or carrying a pistol, rifle or shotgun that ejects a bb, pellet, paintball or another projectile. The only situations where this is not illegal is where the minor is under the direct supervision of a parent or other person with a permit to carry or with a purchasers ID card, where it is being used for military drills, or for purposes of competition, target practice or instruction at a licensed shooting range. If an individual is at least eighteen (18) but under twenty-one (21), he or she may only purchase or acquire a handgun in conjunction with official duties of employment or when one of the three exceptions previously described applying. It is a fourth-degree crime to possess a firearm in violation of 2C:58-6.1. You face a state prison term of up to 18 months and a fine of up to $10,000 if convicted. The potential consequences can escalate further if the weapon is being possessed or used for an unlawful purpose, for example, to commit a robbery or other criminal offense.
An adult who is in possession of a firearm that is in the nature of spring or air gun, for example, a BB, Airsoft or Pellet pistol, is subject to regulation under N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(b). Possession of such a device without a permit is a third-degree crime under this statute. A conviction for violating this law results in a fine of up to $15,000 and a state prison term of up to five (5) years.
Gloucester Township NJ BB Gun Lawyer
The risks associated with possessing a BB or other “toy” type gun are no longer limited to injury but also going to jail. The situation is only that much worse when the Graves Act comes into play. This statute requires that a mandatory minimum period of parole ineligibility be imposed whenever someone uses or possesses a firearm while committing certain serious offenses. Still another escalation statute is triggered when an individual is in possession of a pellet gun or other firearm while committing a CDS offense. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall are highly skilled in all facets of BB, Paintball and similar recreational weapon defense. We represent individuals on violations through Camden County including Pennsauken, Voorhees, Winslow, and Bellmawr. A lawyer on our staff is ready to discuss your charge immediately at 856-662-8300.