A weapons possession charge in New Jersey is serious, especially if the weapon is a firearm. Our state gun laws are among the toughest in the nation and are prosecuted vigorously. Repeat offenders are dealt with severely. Sometimes, however, the offense is a paperwork registration renewal oversight by a law-abiding citizen. On the other hand, sometimes a weapon is in the presence of the accused during the commission of a crime. Other times, it’s not a gun but something else, like a knife, or a makeshift device that appears to be a weapon but isn’t a weapon at all. Additionally, a weapons charge is sometimes given even in cases where self-defense is in play. Where ever your criminal charge may fall as relates to possession of a weapon, this charge, especially if it for possession of a deadly weapon, or intent to cause harm with a weapon, should not be taken lightly. Could the case end up in Municipal Court? Possibly. Is it possible there’s a felony attached and jail time ahead? That all depends. Your best defense to getting the best possible outcome is obtaining a powerful criminal attorney at your side to protect your rights in this very serious matter.
What You Should Do if You are Arrested for a Weapons Offense or Possession of a Weapon in the Commission of a Crime
Don’t go at it alone, even for what you might consider an error. You never know what could happen if a counsel is not at your side for your court appearance. If you are arrested for a weapons crime, do not talk to the police. Do not try to work your way out of the charge or minimize what you have done. The authorities will listen and hold it all against you. Exercise your constitutional right to remain silent and get a criminal defense lawyer who handles violent crime charges ASAP. We can be at a disadvantage defending you if you have given any sort of confession or incriminating statements. On the other hand, do not be antagonistic or sarcastic while in custody, but be firm in your request to call a criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights, remaining silent and composed in the meantime.
John Paragano: Union County Lawyer for Crimes Involving a Deadly Weapon
The onus is always on the prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt your guilt if you are charged with any crime. You have certain Constitutional Rights, like the right to remain silent, the right that your arrest be based only upon probable cause, the right against unreasonable search and seizure, etc. To power-up your rights, our skilled criminal defense attorneys are available to meet with you upon your arrest. We can explore your options and, in certain cases, reduce the severity of the charges against you. To further protect you against self-incrimination, we will communicate directly with law enforcement on your behalf, guiding you on the best course of action to take to protect your rights.
During the initial consultation, our law firm will take the time to learn all about you and the criminal charges you face. Our attorneys will assess the strength of the evidence against you and advise you on all of the available options. If necessary, we have the ability to conduct a private investigation, contact witnesses and obtain other useful evidence. Treating you with the utmost respect, our criminal defense law firm will aggressively represent you to reach the best possible resolution, whether through a plea bargain or trial.
For twenty-five years, my Union law firm has successfully defended numerous charges for violent crimes including weapons charges, where we have achieved acquittals, dismissals and downgrading of charges for a variety of violent crimes, including weapons charges, at the local, county and state level. If you need an experienced and powerful criminal defense attorney to help you through these troubled waters, call my office today.
Choose The Law Offices of John Paragano for Your Criminal Defense Attorney
For the best criminal defense in all of Union County, Monmouth County and all of New Jersey, contact John Paragano at The Law Offices of John Paragano, for a free consultation. Telephone 908.687.5999 or click to send an email. All consultations and written correspondences will be kept strictly confidential.