The Trenton Street Crime Detectives were at it again this weekend. This time they arrested and charged a thirty-three year old male from the City with weapons and motor vehicle offenses. According to the reports released at this point in time, the detectives became suspicious of the Defendant when they noticed that his car was parked on the sidewalk near Sanford Street. When they approached the Defendant’s vehicle they noticed that the Defendant was attempting to conceal something under his seat. Once the car was illuminated they noticed an open bottle of alcohol and a handgun by the Defendant’s feet. As a result he was removed from the car and arrested. He was formally charged with unlawful possession of a weapons, possession of a defaced firearm and several other motor vehicle infractions.
The Defendant was taken into custody and brought to the Mercer County Jail. Now based on the bail reforms and the attorney general directive, prosecutors are seeking to detain anyone caught possessing a gun in jail, without bail, pending trial. In order for the prosecution to do so, they would need to file for a detention hearing. If that occurs, the Defendant could and should contest the hearing. So, now more than ever, it is crucial that anyone charged with a gun offense in New Jersey seek the assistance of a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Pursuant to the Graves Act, even if this is the Defendant’s first arrest, he will be facing five years in a State Prison and with a forty-two month parole ineligibility period. In other words, at a bare minimum, the Defendant is looking at three and half years in prison.
Tips on how to Defend Gun Charges in NJ
Just like above, more often than not, when a Defendant is charged with unlawful possession of a gun, some form of either a search and/or seizure took place. This is a great avenue to try and explore. Uncovering a search issue could lead to an outright dismissal of the charges or it can give leverage during the plea negotiation process. Another angle could be the “possession” aspect, where you aware that the gun was present? Where was it located? Who else had access to it? These are just a few of the angles that the attorneys at Keith Oliver Criminal Law look to exploit when it comes to defending gun charges in Mercer County. For more information on gun charges in Trenton, please click the link.
Gun Defense Lawyers in Trenton NJ
If you have been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, certain persons, distributing heroin or endangering the welfare of a child in Mercer County, the attorneys at Keith Oliver Criminal Law can help. Being charged with a criminal offense can be extremely nerve wracking, however hiring the right attorney can go a long way to alleviating that stress. We serve all of Mercer County, including Trenton, Lawrenceville, Hightstown, Robbinsville, Hopewell, Ewing and West Windsor. To speak with one of our attorneys immediately, please contact our office at (609) 789-0779. As always, our initial consultations are free of costs.