New Jersey is known for having some of the strictest restrictions on firearms in the United States, and the state has often been the target of litigation initiated by gun rights activists. Currently, the state bans civilians from possessing stun guns, which state law defines as “any weapon or other device which emits an electrical charge or current intended to temporarily or permanently disable a person.”
In 2016, the New Jersey Second Amendment Society and New Jersey resident Mark Cheeseman filed suit after TASER International declined to fill an order due to state prohibitions on the sale of the product. Attorney General Christopher Porrino conceded that the ban was unconstitutional shortly thereafter, and the case was recently settled. The consent decree gave the state 180 days to impose “reasonable limits” on stun guns.
Weapons Offenses Can Result in Serious Consequences
Under current New Jersey law, knowing possession of a stun gun is a crime of the fourth degree, which can result in 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The illegal possession of other types of weapons can result in much more serious consequences, particularly if the weapon is possessed for unlawful purposes (in order to commit a crime) or is used during the commission of a crime.
If You Have Been Accused of a Weapons Offense, You Should Speak with a Lawyer Immediately
A conviction for a weapons offense in New Jersey is an extremely serious matter. Fortunately, there are often many ways that a lawyer can help you resolve your case as favorably as possible. For example, many weapons cases arise after the police search a person’s home or vehicle and discover weapons. If law enforcement violated your constitutional rights during such a search, it can result in the evidence discovered being excluded from you case – which often results in the case being dropped. Even if there are no legal defenses available, a lawyer can often negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor handling your case that minimizes the consequences that you are facing.
Call 732-662-7658 For a Free Consultation
If you have been accused of a criminal offense related to the possession of weapons, you are almost certainly facing serious legal penalties, including fines, probation, and even jail time. As a result, you should contact an experienced lawyer as soon as you can. To schedule a free consultation with New Jersey criminal defense lawyer Leon Matchin, call us today at 732-662-7658 or send us an email through our online contact form.