Weapons Offenses are Serious Criminal Charges

If you are facing weapons offense charges, it is important to have experienced defense representation on your side. A conviction could result in steep fines, imprisonment and a permanent loss of your right to possess a weapon.

At Markowitz O'Donnell, LLP, in Lawrenceville, we have extensive experience defending clients against weapons offenses. We provide knowledgeable, aggressive defense representation to people throughout New Jersey.

Building Your Defense

In handling a weapons charge, there are a number of defense strategies to consider. Was the weapon actually in your possession? Did you have knowledge of it? Is it technically even a weapon? These are questions we consider as we approach weapons defense cases for our clients.

The four major categories of weapons crimes are:

  • Unlawful possession of weapons: It is unlawful to possess certain weapons, such as handguns, rifles and shotguns, without having a license or permit.
  • Possessing a weapon for unlawful purposes: A person who possesses a weapon with the intent of inflicting harm on another person or property has committed a crime.
  • Possession of illegal weapons: Ordinary citizens are prohibited from possession of some weapons altogether, including sawed-off shotguns, silencers, switchblades, hollow bullets, metal knuckles and stun guns.
  • Individuals not allowed to possess weapons: Most people who have been convicted of crimes are not allowed to possess weapons at all.

Additionally, a person who is in possession of a weapon while committing a crime may face significantly harsher penalties than if there were no weapon involved. Whatever weapon charge you are facing, our experienced defense lawyers are prepared to defend your rights.

Contact Our Firm Today

If you have been charged with a weapons offense, contact our firm. Our attorneys will stand up for your rights and fight your charges. Call 609-482-3138 or 866-437-1189 to speak with one of our lawyers today.