The City of Trenton Police Department was able to take yet another gun of the streets last week after a pursuit ensued following a routine traffic stop.
According to the information that has been released thus far, the officers were simply conducting a routine traffic stop near the 500 Block of Hoffman Avenue around 2 a.m. when the incident begun. The driver, later identified as a twenty-five year old male from the city, pulled his vehicle over to the side of the road and when doing so decided to flee the scene on foot. The officers on scene chased after the Defendant and were eventually able to tackle him to the ground. The Defendant was formally placed under arrest. A search incident to arrest revealed a semi-automatic handgun, prescription drugs and cash. In all, 32 trazodone pills, 2 two quetiapine pills, 3 lisinopril pills and $433 in cash. The Defendant was arrested and taken to the Mercer County Jail where he remains pending a Detention Hearing. The Defendant has most likely been charged with one count of resisting arrest in the third degree, one count of unlawful possession of a weapon in the second degree, one count of unlawful possession of a weapon during the commission of a drug offense in the second degree and several counts of possession of prescription legend drugs with the intent to distribute.
Charged with a Gun in the City of Trenton?
If someone is caught possessing a handgun without first obtaining the proper permits in New Jersey, they will be facing an unlawful possession of a weapon in the second degree. This will be the case even if the gun was properly owned in another state. New Jersey takes gun offenses very seriously, especially when they are used in the commission of another offense like the above referenced case. If convicted of this offense alone, the Defendant discussed above will be facing anywhere from five to ten years in state prison. In addition, the sentence imposed will be subject to the Graves Act, which not only requires a mandatory term of incarceration but that term must come with a parole ineligibility period as well. For more information on the Graves Act in New Jersey, please click the link.
Unlawful Possession of a Weapon Lawyer in Trenton NJ
Being scared as a convicted felony can be damaging enough but losing your freedom for up to a decade could be crippling. If you have been charged with a gun offense in Mercer County, it is crucial that you speak to an attorney who has extensive experience dealing with these types of cases. The only way to avoid jail time on a gun charge in New Jersey is either beat the charges at trail or secure what is known as a Graves Act Waiver. These waivers are anything but automatic and usually hinge up little nuance details. If you would like to speak to one of the attorneys at Keith Oliver Criminal Law about your options, then please contact our Hamilton office at 609-789-0779. For more information on a few of the recent gun cases where Keith Oliver Criminal Law was able to secure a Graves Act Waiver, please click the link.
For more information on this incident please checkout the Trentonian article labeled Two Trenton shootings, drugs and violence: Nov. 28, 2017 Police Blotter.