Degrees of Crimes in NJ Gun Cases
Gun Charge Defense Lawyers with offices in Hackensack, Morristown, Newark NJ
Degrees of Crimes in NJ Gun Cases: If you or a loved one is facing an illegal weapons offense in New Jersey including unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, or even BB Gun possession, the firearms defense lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm LLC can help. Our attorneys have been successfully handling gun cases in New Jersey for many years including in Bergen County (Hackensack), Morris County (Morristown), and Essex County (Newark). In fact, our managing partner, Mr. Travis J. Tormey, was recently recognized as one of the top 10 criminal lawyers in the State of New Jersey. In addition, several other members of the firm used to prosecute gun cases for the State of NJ and now use their experience and expertise to defend our clients charged with these same offenses. Contact our offices anytime for immediate assistance at 201-556-1570. The initial consultation is always provided free of charge.
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Degrees of Crimes in NJ Gun Cases: N.J.S.A. 2C: 43-1
New Jersey divides their indictable (felony) level offenses into four categories under N.J.S.A. 2C:43-1:
- First degree crimes: Punishable by 10-20 years in prison with a presumption of incarceration. Under the Graves Act for weapons offenses, there must be a period of parole ineligibility if convicted of a first degree crime in NJ. Some crimes which involve weapons which are first degree offenses would be armed robbery or kidnapping.
- Second degree crimes: Punishable by 5-10 years in prison with a presumption of incarceration (even for first time offenders). Most gun offenses in New Jersey are second degree crimes and the typical plea offers are 5 years in NJ state prison, 3 years to be served without the possibility of parole. Illegal handgun/shotgun/assault rifle possession, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, etc. are all second degree offenses.
- Third degree crimes: Punishable by 3-5 years in prison with a presumption of non-incarceration for first time offenders. Most third degree offenses are BB Gun, airsoft gun, pellet gun style offenses or involve other weapons besides guns such as knives, brass knuckles, baseball bats, etc.
- Fourth degree crimes: Punishable by up to 18 months in prison with a presumption of non-incarceration for first time offenders. This is the lowest level felony we have in New Jersey. Most if not all gun offenses can not fall in this category, it is also reserved for “other weapons” offenses such as illegal ammunition, knives, etc.
For more information regarding weapons offenses in New Jersey, contact our offices anytime for a free initial consultation at 201-556-1570.