Certain Persons Offenses – N.J.S.A. 2C:39-7

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New Jersey has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. Under the Graves Act, a defendant charged with a firearms offense, even with no prior record, is facing mandatory state prison time and parole ineligibility. If you have been arrested on a handgun or weapons charge in New Jersey, you need straight answers from an experienced weapons offenses defense attorney.

Travis J. Tormey is the founding partner of the Tormey Law Firm, with offices in the heart of Bergen County, New Jersey. He was named one of the Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys Under 40 In New Jersey in 2014 by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys and also heralded as one of the Top 40 Attorneys Under 40 in the Nation in 2014 by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Tormey has extensive experience representing clients charged with illegal gun offenses, including possession of an Airsoft gun, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon throughout New Jersey, including in Garfield, Cliffside Park, and Edgewater.

For a free consultation about your weapons charges in New Jersey, call (201)-330-4979, submit an online contact form, or schedule an appointment to meet with us in person at our convenient Hackensack office location. You can also review our client testimonials page for additional information and check out our client reviews on Avvo.com.

 

Success Stories in New Jersey Gun Cases 

If you or a loved one has been charged with an illegal firearm offense in New Jersey, Travis Tormey can help. Here are just a few of the weapons cases that Mr. Tormey has recently handled:

  • United States Marine charged with illegal weapons possession in Hudson County. Graves Act offense which requires jail time and parole ineligibility. Defendant sentenced to probation and no jail time.
  • United States Marine and his wife charged with illegal gun possession in Morris County. Graves Act offense which requires jail time and parole ineligibility. Defendant admitted into Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program, resulting in no criminal record when successfully completed.
  • 18-year-old kid and his friend charged with illegal weapons possession when visiting Cape May on vacation from their home state of Pennsylvania. Graves Act offense which requires jail time and parole ineligibility. Defendant admitted into Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program, resulting in no criminal record when successfully completed.

To view more of our many victories in court, access our success stories page.

 

Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:39-7

N.J.S.A. 2C:39-7 created what is known as the “certain persons” offense. This statute states that any person who qualifies as a “certain person” is prohibited under the law from possessing a weapon. Typically, individuals charged under this offense are prior convicted felons or persons previously committed for a mental disorder.

A violation of this statute can be either a second degree or a fourth degree offense. If the certain person is in possession of a firearm, this is typically a second degree charge. A second degree offense has a presumption of imprisonment and a state prison term of five to 10 years. By contrast, a fourth degree offense results in a maximum of 18 months in state prison. A fourth degree offense usually involves a weapon that is not a firearm.

If you have been convicted of any of the following offenses, you may be considered a “certain person” under New Jersey law:

 

Call an Experienced Paramus NJ Gun Crime Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one has been charged with a weapons offense in New Jersey, contact our Hackensack offices at (201)-330-4979 for a free consultation. You can also use our online contact form to schedule an in-person appointment to discuss your case.

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