New York Guns and Weapons Offenses Lawyer
If you’ve been arrested for any New York guns and weapons offenses, you are going to need the assistance of a criminal defense attorney who has experience with these types of crimes. Compared to some other states, guns and weapons offenses carry extremely severe penalties in New York, including minimum mandatory sentences for many crimes. With so much at stake, you can’t afford to go it alone or depend on a public defender to keep you out of jail.
For over XX years, the New York guns and weapons offenses lawyers at XYZ Law Firm have been aggressively fighting for the rights of defendants just like you. Our experienced legal team has successfully litigated virtually every kind of weapons, guns, and firearms charge on the books in New York State, including:
- Illegal possession of a firearm
- Use of a weapon when committing a crime
- Carrying a concealed weapon unlawfully
- Violation of gun dealer laws
- Possession of more firearms than allowed
- Felon in possession of a firearm
If you’re facing jail time on a guns or weapons charge in New York, you need to call our office now so our attorneys and legal team can begin working on your defense strategy today.
Guns and Weapons Charges in New York and New York City
New York guns and weapons charges are addressed in Article 265 of the New York Penal Code, which covers the use and possessions firearms, ammunition, and explosives, as well as other types of weapons such as dart guns, stun guns, knives, knuckles and swords. Penalties for guns and weapons charges depend on the nature of the offense, as well as a number of other factors, including a defendant’s past criminal history. Some of the most commonly prosecuted New York guns and weapons charges include:
- Misdemeanor Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree: This charge is punishable by up to one year in jail. New York has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to weapons at the airport, and many unsuspecting people are charged with this misdemeanor for unknowingly having any item the State considers to be a weapon, even a box cutter, in their checked luggage.
- Felony Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree: Thisclass D violent felonyapplies whenan individual commitscertain crimes that would generally be charged as MisdemeanorCriminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, but has been previously convicted of ANY crime. This offense is punishable by up to seven years in prison.
- Felony Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree: This charge involves the illegal possession of a weapon in a home or place of business.You can also be charged with this crime if you possess a machine-gun, loaded firearm or a disguised gun with the intention of using them against another person, or if you possess five or more firearms. This class C violent felony carries a minimum mandatory sentence of 3.5 years in prison, even if the accused has no prior criminal history. The maximum sentence on this charge is 15 years.
- Felony Criminal Sale of a Firearm with the Aid of a Minor or to a Minor: It is against the law in New York for an adult to sell a firearm with the assistance of a person who is under the age of 16, or to sell an unlawfully possessed firearm to another person “who is or reasonably appears to be” less than 19 years old.
Contact a New York Guns and Weapons Offenses Attorney Today
If you or someone you care about is facing a New York guns and weapons charge, make no mistake – the State will prosecute you aggressively. Our attorneys possess a deep understanding of this area of law, and will fight just as hard to make sure your constitutional rights are protected. To discuss your case with one of our expert New York guns and weapons offenses lawyers today, please call XXX-XXX-XXXX.