Seek The Help Of A Highly Skilled Attorney When Facing Weapons Charges
It is obvious that using a weapon to harm or threaten someone else is likely to result in criminal charges (and in most cases, rightly so). But in New Jersey, weapons are treated similarly to drugs: Unlawful possession itself is a crime.
If you’re facing a possession charge or another weapons offense, it’s time to contact Michael J. Beatrice, P.C., Attorney at Law. Michael Beatrice has more than 40 years of experience in criminal law, having served as both a prosecutor and defense attorney. He will bring his knowledge, experience and tenacious work ethic to bear in defending your rights and freedom.
New Jersey’s Especially Strict Gun And Weapons Laws
Weapons offenses vary significantly from state to state, and New Jersey’s are among the strictest in the nation. If convicted of a firearms offense, you are likely to be sentenced to a mandatory prison term with a period of parole ineligibility. Because of this, it is especially important to contest gun charges with the help of a skilled attorney.
Michael Beatrice is ready to defend you against nearly any type of weapons offense you may be facing, including:
- Being in possession of a handgun without a valid permit
- Unlawfully possessing a machine gun or a weapon that can be adapted into a machine gun
- Possessing any weapon without a license/permit if that weapon requires a license/permit
- Possessing a weapon for unlawful purposes (such as the intention to use in the commission of a crime)
- Possessing any weapon or weapon accessory prohibited under state law (explosive devices, certain types of knives, gun silencers, saw-off shotguns, etc.)
If you have been accused of any of the offenses above, your freedom is on the line. Please discuss your options with an attorney right away.
How Was The Weapon Discovered?
One of the most common defenses to a weapons charge is to challenge the legality of the search that led to its discovery. Under the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, each of us is protected against “unreasonable search and seizure” by the government (law enforcement). This typically means that the police must have a warrant or probable cause before searching your car or home.
If there was no justification for the search and no warrant, your attorney can file a motion to suppress any evidence discovered during the illegal search, which, if successful, would effectively result in acquittal.
Contact An Attorney With Formidable Experience And Legal Knowledge
Michael J. Beatrice, P.C., Attorney at Law, offers free initial consultations to criminal defense clients living and/or facing charges in northeastern New Jersey. To discuss your case with attorney Beatrice, contact the firm by calling 201-897-3570 or reach out via email.