Answering Your Weapons Charge Questions
One of our primary jobs as attorneys is to give our clients the right information. That starts before you step foot in Agre & St. John. Below are some of the most common questions we get about weapons charges.
We encourage you to contact us for more information and for specific advice about your case. You can contact our South Jersey office at 856-422-8364.
Does possession of a weapon apply to items other than a gun?
Many items are weapons, including typical items like airsoft guns, stun guns or knives and improvised weapons like bats or pipes.
Does a weapon-related offense always lead to jail time?
No, a weapons charge is not a foregone conclusion. A strong defense can mean acquittal or, in the event of a guilty verdict, a reduced sentence. However, even a first-time conviction of a low-level offense can mean 18 months in jail. You need to contact an attorney as soon as you know or suspect a charge is pending.
What happens if I have a prior conviction?
If you have a prior conviction, the courts will have even less leniency with your case. You are far more likely to get a longer sentence upon conviction.
Can the police charge me with a crime if I owned my weapon legally?
If you use a legally owned weapon in an illegal manner, especially if you wield it in the promulgation of a crime, the prosecutor may file charges.
Is there anything I can do?
The best thing you can do is call for an attorney immediately. Your rights and freedoms are vulnerable, and a wrong answer to a question or other mistake can cost you your liberty and livelihood. Call our office now: 856-422-8364.