A firearms arrest in the state of New Jersey almost certainly carries potential jail time. In New Jersey, ordinary citizens are not permitted to carry a weapon. There’s no permit unless you’re law enforcement that would enable you as an ordinary citizen to carry a weapon. A charge for unlawful possession of a weapon will likely include an unlawful purpose charge, which is a completely separate charge but enhances and sometimes can double the consequences to which a person is exposed. These are very, very serious consequences even for an individual who might, for instance, be traveling from Pennsylvania to New Jersey with a gun in his car unknowingly. He can still be charged with this offense, it can carry five years of state prison time, and it’s very serious. It needs to be addressed by an attorney as quickly as possible and with as much seriousness as possible.
The law firm of Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., is composed of experienced criminal defense attorneys throughout the state of New Jersey. Please contact the office for a free initial consultation and get any questions answered regarding criminal charges and procedures.