Criminal Lawyer for Possession of an Illegal Handgun

Former Prosecutors & Skilled Attorneys That Possess Over 200 Years of Combined Experience Including Time Serving As Director of the Gun Task Force

It is illegal to possess a firearm when you enter a federal facility such as Fort Dix, Piccatinny Arsenal or Sandy Hook.Hundreds of individuals are charged with possession of an illegal handgun at military bases every year. The primary reason so many are arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm on federal property is a lack of knowledge that it is illegal to carry a firearm without a NJ permit. The largest block of civilians making this mistake are law abiding truckers attempting to make a delivery at Fort Dix, Picatinny Arsenal and Naval Weapon Station Earle. Another significant segment are those possessing unlicensed weapons at National Park Service properties such as Sandy Hook, the New Jersey Pinelands and Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Irrespective of the context in which your federal gun charge arose, hiring the best lawyer you can identify is extremely important given the consequences of a conviction.

Criminal Charge For Entering Federal Property With Firearm That Is Unlicensed in New Jersey

Possessing a handgun without a permit in New Jersey results in a federal criminal offense when it occurs on a military base or national parklands. What this means is that you will be facing prosecution by the United States Attorney and that the case will be heard in United States District Court as opposed to the Superior Court of New Jersey. There are major differences in the court process, procedures, personnel and, most importantly, penalties when someone is facing a federal gun charge (versus one prosecuted in state court). Representation by an attorney who is highly experienced in litigating cases at the federal level is a huge advantage for anyone charged with possession of an illegal handgun at an army, naval or air force facility in the Garden State.

Contact Our Firm To Speak To An Attorney Who Is Knowledgeable In Defending Federal Handgun Charges

Our firm includes a team of 10 criminal lawyers who collectively possess over 200 years experience. Most of these members are also former prosecutors who have served in positions like Director of Major Crimes, the Trial Division, Guns Task Force and even as Special Counsel to the Governor. It also helps that we have been appearing in federal court on behalf of clients charged with possessing an unlicensed handgun for decades. If your were arrested because of an allegation that you possessed a firearm on federal property without a New Jersey permit, we certainly have experienced attorneys to successfully defend you. To speak to an attorney with the know-how to help you, call 877-450-8301.

18 U.S. Code § 930. Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in Federal facilities

When someone is caught at Fort Dix, Picatinny Arsenal, Naval Station Earle or another federal facility with an unlicensed firearm, they can expect to be charged with violating United States Code of Federal Regulation 18 U.S. Code § 930. The same is the case if the facility is a national park, for example, Sandy Hook. The law in question provides, in pertinent part, that:

(a) Except as provided in subsection (d), whoever knowingly possesses or causes to be present a firearm or other dangerous weapon in a Federal facility (other than a Federal court facility), or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.

(b) Whoever, with intent that a firearm or other dangerous weapon be used in the commission of a crime, knowingly possesses or causes to be present such firearm or dangerous weapon in a Federal facility, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.

The consequences are obviously significant if you are convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm at a military base or national park as set forth in 18 U.S. Code § 930. Exposure to 1 year in prison is just one penalty that you will face if you fail to secure an acquittal. You will also be left with a federal criminal conviction that cannot be expunged.

Exceptions. There is no violation under 18 U.S.C. 930 where the accused is a member of law enforcement, a federal official, member of the military or someone with a license to lawfully carry.

New Jersey Criminal Attorneys For Those Facing A Charge For Possession of a Firearm at a Federal Facility

Let’s face it; just about every website implies that their attorney is the best. The unfortunate reality is, however, that lawyers come in all levels of knowledge and ability. The key characteristic that you need from your lawyer is bona fide experience. The team at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall has over 200 years in practice combined, including many years appearing in Federal District Court in New Jersey. If you would like the opportunity to speak to one of our attorneys in a free consultation, you can call 877-450-8301. An attorney is available 24/7 to assist you.


Illustration: Federal Sentencing Guidelines If You Plead or Are Found Guilty of Possessing a Weapon at a Federal Facility

An individual who is convicted for violating 18 USC 930 must be sentenced in accordance with federal guidelines.