Somerset County NJ Certain Persons Charge Lawyer
Certain persons not to have weapons is a very serious criminal offense in New Jersey. It basically seeks to prosecute anyone caught possessing a weapon who has previously been convicted of one of their enumerated offenses. As you will see below, anybody convicted of this offense would subject to mandatory consecutive sentencing as well. If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with certain persons not to possess a weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose or any other weapons related offense in Somerset or Hunterdon County, Keith Oliver Criminal Law can help. Our office serves all of Somerset and Hunterdon County, including towns like Clinton, Readington, Raritan, Manville, Bridgewater, Franklin, Flemington, Somerville, Green Brook, Plainfield and Watchung. If you would like to set up a free initial consultation today, then please contact our Bridgewater office at 908.533.1064. One of our New Jersey criminal defense attorney would be glad to go over the specifics of your case and formulate a game plan that works best to suit your needs. Our lawyers fully understand the devastating impact a conviction for this type of offense could have on someone’s life.
Charged with Certain Person in New Jersey?
As touched upon above, certain persons not to possess a weapon in essence criminalizes those caught possessing a weapon after they have previously been convicted of certain crimes. The governing statute for certain persons not to possess a weapon is NJSA 2C:39-7a. It is important to note here that it is irrelevant whether or not the previous conviction that subjects the person to this offense occurred within the State of New Jersey or not. The enumerated crimes include the following:
- Aggravated Assault,
- Use, possession or sale of a controlled dangerous substance (Indictable Offenses Only)
- Aggravated Sexual Assault,
- Sexual Assault,
- Bias Intimidation,
- Endangering the welfare of a child
- Possession of a Prohibited Weapon,
- Possession of a weapon for an Unlawful Purpose,
In order to be convicted of this offense the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Defendant purchased, owned, possessed or controlled a weapon after previously being convicted of one of aforementioned offenses.
How Much Jail Time for a Certain Persons Offense in NJ?
If the weapon in question was a firearm, then the Defendant will be charged with a second degree felony offense. If convicted, the Defendant would be facing anywhere from five to ten years in a State Prison. To make matters worse, since this offense must be run consecutive to the unlawful possession of a weapon charge, the Defendant is in essence facing anywhere from ten to twenty years in State Prison. However, if the weapon in question was something other than a firearm, for example a knife, brass knuckles or a stun gun, then the Defendant will be facing a fourth degree felony. A fourth degree felony is punishable by up to eighteen months in State Prison.
Flemington NJ Certain Persons Not to Possess a Weapon Lawyer
Keith Oliver Criminal Law represents those accused of serious felony offenses like unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, certain persons, armed robbery and burglary in courts throughout New Jersey, including courts throughout Somerset and Hunterdon County. If you would like to sit down with one of our New Jersey gun possession defense lawyers and discuss the specifics of your case, then please contact our office at 908-533-1064. One of our lawyers would be glad to go over your case and discuss how we think we can be of assistance. So, if you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us. We serve all of Somerset and Hunterdon County, including Hillsborough, Raritan, Union, Clinton, Lambertville, Bernards, Bedminster, Bound Brook and Somerset.