First Offense Gun Cases in NJ
Firearms Defense Lawyers with offices in Hackensack, Morristown, and Newark, New Jersey
The criminal trial team at the Tormey Law Firm LLC is composed of former gun prosecutors and experienced criminal defense attorneys who will stop at nothing to get you the best result in court. In fact, our former prosecutors used to prosecute gun cases for the State and dealt with weapons forfeiture issues as well. Now, they use that experience to provide our clients with the best possible service when tackling these serious firearms offenses including first offense gun cases in NJ. In addition, our managing partner, Travis J. Tormey, was recently recognized as one of the top 10 criminal lawyers in the State of NJ and has received the AVVO clients choice award four years in a row. Contact our offices anytime for a free initial consultation at 201-556-1570. We represent clients throughout NJ including in Linden, Bayonne, Union Twp., and Jersey City.
Here is a review from one of the many satisfied clients of the Tormey Law Firm LLC:
“I was extremely happy with the performance, support and professionalism of Travis Tormey in my son’s recent court case. Before we even hired him he consulted with us via telephone and spent a considerable amount of time answering our questions and giving us additional information. Once hired, he was truthful at all times at what my son was up against. Travis truly worked to secure what was in my son’s best interest. He got charges reduced and fines lessened. I have gone on to recommend Travis to 2 other friends who have been just as happy with him.” 5 stars – Ellen
Defending a First Offense Gun Charge in NJ
If you have no prior criminal record and are charged with a firearms offense in New Jersey, you are most likely facing a second degree crime for unlawful possession of a weapon. On a second degree offense, you are facing 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison, with a presumption of imprisonment even for first time offenders. This means that, if you are convicted of this second degree crime, it is presumed that you would be sentenced to State prison with the minimum term being 5 years. In addition, under the Graves Act which governs firearms offenses in NJ, you must serve a minimum term of imprisonment before becoming eligible for parole.
NOTE: This is a crucial distinction between “flat time” and a period of parole ineligibility. For example, on a 5 year flat sentence, a defendant is typically eligible for parole after anywhere between 12 and 16 months in prison. Alternatively, on a Graves Act offense on 5 years the typical parole ineligibility period is 3 years. This means that you must serve all 3 years before being eligible to be released on parole.
Now, the first thing to examine with regards to your case is the traffic stop (if applicable) and the search (of a motor vehicle or your home). If there are any search issues, a motion to suppress could result in the entire case being dismissed.
After all motions are considered, plea negotiations can result. If you have a valid out of state permit, this could be a mitigating factor that should be presented to the prosecutor’s office. Also, you can try and gain admission into the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program. If successful, this would allow you to not only avoid jail time but also to avoid a felony on your record if you successfully complete the probationary period of PTI.
For more information, contact our offices anytime for immediate assistance at 201-556-1570.