New Jersey has some of the strictest gun possession laws in the nation. Not only are residents of the State of New Jersey prohibited from owning certain types of firearms, most residents – with few exceptions – are even prohibited from carrying firearms on their person while in public. The dilemma arises when people who are lawful owners of firearms get in trouble because they improperly transported their firearm or forgot that the firearm is in their possession.
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm under N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5b and Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose under N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4b are both considered second degree crimes in the State of New Jersey. If convicted under either of those offenses – you are facing a sentence of between five and ten years in a New Jersey State Prison with a mandatory period of parole ineligibility. The Graves Act requires that an individual – even with no prior criminal record – must serve a sentence of five years in a New Jersey State Prison with three years of parole ineligibility if convicted of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm or Handgun.
If you or a loved one is charged with a crime involving a firearm or handgun you need an attorney who knows how to address the issues and vigorously defend your rights. The Law Office of Thomas V. Campo is prepared to handle any offense involving a firearm or handgun. As a former Essex County and Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor, Mr. Campo has handled hundreds of cases involving firearms and guns. Mr. Campo has successfully defended hundreds of individuals charged with violations of the Graves Act by finding exceptions to the punitive aspects of the Graves Act. Instead of facing the mandatory incarceration aspects of the Graves Act, Mr. Campo has helped many clients avoid the mandatory jail requirements with alternate resolutions involving probation, Pre-Trial Intervention or outright dismissal of the charges.
Time is of the essence when it comes to successfully defending Firearms and Gun charges. If you have been charged with a firearm or gun crime you should contact counsel as soon as possible to discuss your rights and potential defenses. As opposed to many law firms, your case will be handled exclusively by Thomas V. Campo.
Please contact the Law Office of Thomas V. Campo 24/7 at 732-691-3427 for your free initial consultation.