Weapons Charges: Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon

By Maynard & Sumner, LLC of Maynard & Sumner, LLC posted in Weapons Charges on Monday, June 17, 2013.

In Essex County, New Jersey, the Newark Police Department arrested three individuals who were in possession of an assault rifle, three handguns, and hollow-point bullets. The three individuals have been charged with multiple counts of weapons charges, including but not limited to: possession of a prohibited weapon and unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Police report that one of the handguns was reportedly stolen in 2012 and all of the firearms were found loaded.

In the State of New Jersey, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:39-7, certain individuals are prohibited possession of any weapon, including but not limited to individuals, whether convicted in New Jersey or elsewhere, who have been convicted of the following offenses:

  • Aggravated assault
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Aggravated sexual assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Endangering the welfare of a child
  • A crime involving domestic violence
  • A disorderly persons offense or petty disorderly persons offense

The crime of unlawful possession of a weapon by convicted felon is either a second, third, or fourth degree offense, depending upon the nature of the original offense. Individuals who were convicted of a violent crime, such as aggravated sexual assault, are exposed to mandatory imprisonment if convicted. The term of imprisonment shall include the imposition of a minimum term, which shall be fixed at five years, during which the defendant shall be ineligible for parole.

In conclusion, if you have been arrested on weapons charges, do not hesitate to contact an aggressive, experienced criminal defense attorney for high-quality legal representation.

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