Hunterdon County Man Faces Multiple Weapons Charges
Daniel Veselko was recently arrested after a joint investigation by the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the Holland Township Police Department, the Frenchtown Borough Police Department, and the Pennsylvania State Police.
According to authorities, Veselko was charged with the following weapons offenses: second degree possession of a firearm by certain persons not to have weapons and second degree unlawful possession of a handgun. Veselko was also charged with three counts of third degree possession of a rifle, BB gun pistol and a BB gun rifle without an identification card, fourth degree possession of a high-capacity ammunition magazine, and fourth degree unlawful possession of a knife.
New Jersey’s gun laws, specifically N.J.S.A. 2C:39-7(b), prohibit any person convicted in New Jersey or elsewhere of a serious crime from purchasing, owning, possessing, or controlling a firearm. The crimes that can potentially bar you from having a handgun in NJ include: aggravated assault, arson, burglary, escape, extortion, homicide, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, bias intimidations, endangering the welfare of a child, stalking, weapons offense, and a crime of domestic violence.
A person who illegally possesses a firearm despite being classified as a “certain person” can be charged with a second degree felony. A conviction for a second degree certain persons offense can lead to a sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison. This means that the minimum term of incarceration would be five years, with the offender being ineligible for release on parole during that time.
Veselko’s other weapons offenses also carry stiff penalties. In fact, the New Jersey Graves Act, codified in N.J.S.A. 2C:43-6(c), requires that anyone convicted of the unlawful possession of a handgun must be sentenced to a mandatory term of imprisonment, with three years of parole ineligibility, even if the person has no criminal record.
Gun Charges Hunterdon County – Need Lawyer
The weapons defense attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm have vast experience handling firearms cases and other weapons offense cases throughout New Jersey. If you have been charged with a firearms offense such as the unlawful possession of a weapon or being a certain person who is prohibited from having weapons, contact the experienced firearms defense attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm to learn more about how to defend your case.