Bergen County Gun Lawyers
Weapons Attorneys with Offices in Hackensack, New Jersey
There are so many reasons why you may find yourself involved with a gun-related issue in Bergen County, New Jersey. You may have been charged with a criminal weapons offense, which requires you to appear in the Criminal Division of the Bergen County Superior Court. Or perhaps you were accused of an act of domestic violence and authorities confiscated your weapons. You may need to address this matter with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office’s Domestic Violence Unit or Firearms Forfeiture Unit. Or maybe you filed your application for a Permit to Purchase a Handgun, Firearms Purchaser Identification Card, or Permit to Carry a Handgun in Bergen County, and it was denied. If you choose to seek an appeal, your hearing will be held in the Bergen County Superior Court. The potential situations are vast and varied; however, a knowledgeable New Jersey weapons attorney can help you to successfully address any of these matters. At The Tormey Law Firm, we do just that.
With a team of seasoned criminal defense attorneys, former gun prosecutors, and a former member of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office’s Weapons Forfeiture Unit, we have the knowledge and experience to achieve superior results in a wide range of gun-related matters for clients in Bergen County and throughout New Jersey including in Elmwood Park, Ridgefield Park, Paramus, and Edgewater. To discuss your current circumstances and find the answers you need to move forward, contact our Hackensack law offices at (201)-614-2474 today.
Here is a review from one of our Bergen County firearms offense cases:
“Worth every penny. Words can not express how pleased I was with my decision to retain Christopher Perry. I had never had any legal issues in the past and had no idea how to proceed. Mr. Perry explained every step with patience and attention to detail, his knowledge and professionalism immediately eased my anxiety. He was attentive and answered every one of my questions immediately to the fullest extent of his abilities. The outcome of my case was ideal and I firmly believe it was entirely due to having Mr. Perry as my attorney. I HIGHLY recommend him to anyone who may find themselves in need of his services and would not hesitate to use him in the future. Words can not express how impressed I was with his services through the entire 9 month process. Look no further you have found your attorney.”
Bergen County Superior Court Information
The Bergen County Superior Court is located at 10 Main Street, Hackensack, New Jersey, 07601. The main court office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and can be reached at (201)-527-2700. For additional information about the court, access the Bergen County Superior Court website.
Bergen County Superior Court Criminal Division
If you have been charged with a criminal weapons offense in Bergen County, you will be required to appear in the Bergen County Superior Court, Criminal Division. Some of the most common weapons charges issued in Bergen County include:
- Unlawful possession of a weapon – N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5
- Possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose – N.J.S.A. 2C: 39-4
- Unlawful Possession of a BB Gun, Airsoft Gun, or Pellet Gun – N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(b)
- Unlawful Disposition of a Firearm – N.J.S.A. 2C:39-9
- Certain Persons Not to Possess Weapons – N.J.S.A. 2C:39-7
If you have been charged with one of the crimes above, or another weapons offense, your case will be handled by the Bergen County Superior Court, Criminal Division. The presiding judge in the division is the Honorable Susan J. Steele, P.J.Cr. The division manager is Leslie Darcy. The division can be reached directly at 201-527-2400.
If you have been arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon in Bergen County, we can help. These are very serious charges in New Jersey because under the Graves Act, these charges require mandatory prison time and parole ineligibility even for first time offenders. The typical offer is 5 years in prison, 42 months to be served before the defendant becomes eligible for parole.
This is where we are starting from in these cases. But it is not where we are ending up. Usually, we can convince the Bergen County Prosecutor’s office to apply for a Graves Act waiver which can lower the prison sentence or remove it altogether. The first step down on a waiver is usually to 3 years in prison, one year without parole. However, in many of our cases, we are able to get the defendant straight probation (without any jail time) and sometimes even into the PTI program for first time offenders. This program allows the defendant to serve probation and when it is successfully completed then the charges are dismissed.
Whether a person can get probation or PTI depends on the defendant’s background and the particulars of the case. Some of the factors include:
- prior criminal history (if any)
- gun permit in another state
- where was the weapon (any threat to law enforcement)
- was the weapon used in a crime or to threaten anyone
- was the weapon loaded
- was the weapon legally purchased
- is the defendant employed
- character references
Our experienced team of defense lawyers will put together a “compelling reasons package” in support of this Graves Act waiver to the prosecutor’s office in an attempt to negotiate the best deal possible in your case. In addition, we will examine all of the State’s evidence to determine if everything was legally done and if there are any potential motions we can file to challenge the traffic stop, search, etc.
The Tormey Law Firm Fights Gun Charges in Bergen County, New Jersey
Here are some of the many Bergen County gun cases we have handled over the years with tremendous success:
- Bergen County Gun Charges Result in PTI program
- Guns Returned to Client After Domestic Violence TRO Dismissed
- Bergen County guns and drug charges dismissed
- Gun charges in Bergen County for Virginia resident result in PTI admission
- Army reservist from Kentucky charged with gun possession in Bergen County
- BB gun charges in Bergen County
- Bergen county gun charges dismissed
- Fort Lee gun charges result in PTI for professional bodyguard
Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office
If you have been charged with a criminal weapons offense in Bergen County, your case will be prosecuted by a member of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office is located at 10 Main Street, Hackensack, New Jersey, 07601. The office can be reached at (201) 646-2300. For additional information, access the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office’s website.
Bergen County Domestic Violence Unit
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office’s Domestic Violence unit is responsible for handling all weapons forfeiture matters that arise from domestic violence incidents. In other words, if your weapons were seized in connection with a domestic violence incident, this unit will conduct an investigation to assess the appropriateness of returning your weapons. They will also represent the State in weapons forfeiture hearings.
If a restraining order was filed against you and dismiss, it doesn’t mean that your weapons will be returned. They may be. However, if the State believes that you are a danger or that you are not an appropriate candidate to possess weapons, they can file a forfeiture action on your weapons and your firearms ID card in New Jersey.
Our lawyers are very experienced in handling these firearms forfeiture matters and can represent you in court. In fact, one of our experienced attorneys used to work in the firearms forfeiture unit in Morris County and he is now able to represent you against the State in one of these proceedings.
Applying for a Gun Permit in Bergen County
If you are a resident of Bergen County, you can apply for a gun permit at your local police department or submit your application to the Chief of the New Jersey State Police. For information about each of the municipalities in Bergen County and their associated police departments, click here. To learn more about the gun permit application process, visit our Gun Permit Process in NJ page.
If the police department objects to your permit application and denies it, you can appeal. Our lawyers have handled hundreds of gun permit appeals in the State with tremendous success.
For a free consultation regarding your gun-related issue in Bergen County, contact our Hackensack law offices at (201)-614-2474 today. One of our highly knowledgeable New Jersey weapons attorneys is available to immediately assist you.