Camden County Gun Charge Lawyers
Firearms Attorneys in Camden, New Jersey
Gun related legal issues in Camden County can be challenging to deal with on your own including in Cherry Hill, Gloucester, Berlin, and Collingswood. Whether you are attempting to legally purchase a gun and your application is pending or your application has been denied and you are seeking to appeal that decision to the Camden County Superior Court, a knowledgeable firearms attorney at the Tormey Law Firm can assist you. Or if you have been accused of a crime that involved a firearm such as a rifle, shotgun, or handgun or you have been accused of domestic violence and the Camden County Prosecutor’s office have confiscated your firearms, the complicated New Jersey gun statutes and regulations will control the outcome of your case and the experienced New Jersey weapons attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm are ready to help you.
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CAMDEN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
The Camden County Superior Court is located at 101 South 5th Street, Camden NJ, 08103, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The telephone number for the courthouse is 856-379-2200. For directions to the Camden County courthouse, click here. Additional information related to the Camden County Superior Court can be found at the following link, click here.
The Criminal Division of the Camden County Superior Court hears any gun related issues, whether its an appeal of a denial of application for a Firearms Identification Purchaser Card, a Handgun Purchase Permit, or a handgun carry permit. In addition, the Criminal Division will also handle criminal charges such as unlawful possession of a weapon or possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. The Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division is the Honorable Edward J. McBride, phone: 856-379-2365. The Criminal Division manager is Alba R. Rivera, Esq., phone: 856-379-2230. For more information on the Camden County Criminal Division, click here.
Arrested on an Illegal Gun Possession Charge in Camden County NJ?
The Detention Hearing
If you or a loved one has been arrested for unlawful possession of a gun (a 2nd degree crime) in Camden County NJ, the defendant will be taken to the Camden County jail where their bail will be reviewed within 24-48 hours. At the initial bail review hearing, one of two things will happen. In most cases, because of the serious nature of the charges, the Camden County Prosecutor’s office will move for detention and ask the Judge to hold the defendant in jail while the case is going on. If this happens, the defendant will remain in jail and a detention hearing will be scheduled within 5 days of the initial bail review hearing. On the other hand, if the prosecutor’s office does not move for detention, then the defendant will be released at the initial bail review hearing with a court date to appear.
Prior to the detention hearing, the probation department will create a Public Safety Assessment, known as a “PSA”, where they will grade the defendant on a scale of 1 to 6 with 1 being the lowest risk and 6 being the highest risk for two things:
- Failure to appear in court
- New criminal activity
The risk assessment scale will considering a number of factors when determining this grade including the following:
- Age of defendant
- Current violent offense
- Other pending charges
- Prior disorderly persons (misdemeanor) convictions
- Prior indictable (felony) convictions
- Prior violent convictions
- Prior failure to appear in court last 2 years
- Prior failure to appear in court over 2 years ago
- Prior sentence to jail time (14 days or more)
- Defendant currently on probation
- Defendant currently on parole
- Any domestic violence restraining orders
- Any prior juvenile delinquency
The Judge will consider this risk assessment scale and the arguments of the Prosecutor and defense counsel when determining whether or not to release the defendant from jail. Some of the conditions of release can include the following:
- Phone reporting
- In person reporting
- House arrest
- Ankle Bracelet
If the Judge does not believe that they can release the defendant and ensure that they will appear in court and that they are not a danger to the public, then the defendant will be remanded and will remain in jail while the case is going on. They will receive jail credit for this time served.
CAMDEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE
If you’re charged with weapons offenses in Camden County, the Camden County Prosecutor’s office may be seeking a conviction of one of the following common offenses:
- Certain Persons (felons) Not to Have Weapons
- Unlawful Possession of a Weapon
- Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose
- Unlawful Disposition of a Firearm
- BB Gun, Pellet Gun, Airsoft Gun offenses
The Camden County Prosecutor’s office is located at 25 North 5th Street, Camden, NJ 08201 and can be reached at (856) 225-8400. More information about the Camden County Prosecutor’s office can be found here. If in the course of an investigation of domestic violence or a weapons offense, your firearms have been seized, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Domestic Violence Unit will handle the forfeiture of your weapons. For more information regarding the Camden County Prosecutor’s Domestic Violence unit, click here.
APPLYING FOR A FIREARMS IDENTIFICATION PURCHASER CARD, HANDGUN PURCHSE PERMIT OR CARRY PERMIT IN CAMDEN COUNTY
If you are a resident of Camden 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 Camden 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.
PLACES TO SHOOT/PLACES TO PURCHASE FIREARMS IN CAMDEN COUNY
If you’re looking for a place to go shooting or to purchase firearms in Camden County, check out the following places:
- Banger’s Sport Shop 840 Piney Hollow Road, Winslow, NJ 08095, 609-561-1717
- Pine Valley Gun Club 116 New Freedom Road, Pine Hill, NJ 08021, 856-767-2661
- Police Association of South Jersey 41 East Broad Street, Berlin, NJ 08009, 856-753-5866
- South Jersey Shooting Club 840 Piney Hollow Rd, Winslow, NJ 08095, 609-704-9500
- Telco Sportmen’s Club Inc 2360 Columbia Ave Atco, NJ 08004, 856-768-5149
- Hutton Hill Rifle & Revolver Club Bairdmore Ave. & RR Tracks, Winslow Junction, NJ 08037, 609-487-6500
66 W White Horse Pike, Berlin, NJ 08009, 856-767-0349
117 S. Center St. Merchantville, NJ 08109, 856-663-1300
310 White Horse Pike Clementon, NJ 08021, 856-784-1910
Gun Permit Application Denied Camden County? A Gun Permit Appeal
If you applied for a gun permit in Camden County and were denied, you have the right to appeal. The appeal must be filed in writing within 30 days. The appeal must be filed to the Camden County Prosecutor, the Superintendent of the NJ State police, and the Chief of Police in the town where you reside. The gun permit appeal will then be scheduled for a hearing before a Superior Court Judge in the Camden County Court usually within 30 days of your appeal being filed.
Weapons Seized from Domestic Violence Restraining Order Camden County NJ
If a final restraining order was issued, you are prohibited from owning or possessing firearms so you can’t get your weapons back that were seized. However, if the restraining order was dismissed, you are eligible to have your weapons returned. However, that doesn’t always happen. The Camden County Prosecutor’s office can move for forfeiture of your weapons and firearms ID card if they think you are a danger and should not possess the weapons. You have a right to an attorney and to challenge this forfeiture in the Camden County Superior Court. Call us anytime for assistance, we have handled hundreds of these hearings over the years for our clients with tremendous results.