Warren County Gun Lawyers
Firearms Defense Attorneys in Belvidere, New Jersey
Firearms related legal issues in Warren County can be challenging to deal with on your own. Whether you are attempting to legally purchase a handgun, rifle or shotgun and your application is pending or your application has been denied and you are seeking to appeal that decision to the Warren County Superior Court, a knowledgeable weapons attorney at the Tormey Law Firm can assist you. Or if you have been accused of a crime that involved a gun such as a rifle, shotgun, or handgun or you have been accused of domestic violence and the Warren 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 at (201)-614-2474. We represent clients throughout Warren County including in Belvidere, Hackettstown, Andover, Phillipsburg, and White Twp.
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WARREN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
The Warren County Superior Court, Criminal Division will be the forum for all gun related cases – gun crimes, domestic violence, and gun permit appeals – in Warren County. The Warren County Courthouse is located at 413 2nd Street, Belvidere, NJ 07823, 908-475-6150, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday. For more information on the Warren County Court, click here. For directions to the Warren County Courthouse, click here.
WARREN COUNTY CRIMINAL DIVISION
The presiding judge of the Criminal Division for Hunterdon, Somerset, and Warren Counties is the Honorable Robert Reed, P.J.Cr. (phone: 908-203-6160) and the Criminal Division Manager is Sharon Pandolfi, PO Box 3000, Somerville NJ 08876, Phone: 908-231-7638. For more information on the Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren Vicinage Criminal Division, click here.
WARREN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE
The Warren County Prosecutor’s Office may file complaints alleging any one, or many, of the following common weapons related offenses:
- BB Guns, Pellet Guns, Airsoft Guns
- Sawed-off Shotguns
- Machine Guns
- Certain Persons (Felons) Not to Possess Weapons
The Warren County Prosecutor’s office is located at 413 Second Street, Belvidere, New Jersey 07823, phone: (908) 475-6275. For more information on the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, click here. The Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, Domestic Violence Unit, handles the seizure of weapons from those who have been accused of domestic violence and possess firearms. For more information regarding the Domestic Violence Unit, click here.
Arrested with my out of State gun in New Jersey
We have represented many clients over the years who were arrested with their legally purchased gun from their home state in New Jersey. Unfortunately, New Jersey and New York have the most strict gun laws in the United States. So, just because it is legal for you to have your gun in the State you live in does not mean it is legal for you to have it here in New Jersey. You are allowed to transport the weapon through NJ but only in a very specific way. If you are driving through NJ you must have the gun in a locked gun case in the trunk of your vehicle, unloaded, and separate from the ammunition. Otherwise, you are illegally transporting the gun in NJ and can be arrested for it.
If you are arrested with your gun in NJ and you are from another state, you will typically be charged with 2nd degree unlawful possession of a weapon. This is a very serious felony offense which is punishable by 5-10 years in prison and there is a presumption of jail time even for first time offenders. In addition, because of these serious NJ gun laws, under the Graves Act, you are facing a mandatory period of jail time and parole ineligibility. The typical plea offer we see, even for first time offenders, is 5 years in prison, 42 months to be served before the possibility of parole.
If the gun was legally purchased in your home state and you have a permit for it there (if you need one), there is a good chance that you can avoid jail time and even this felony charge on your record. There is a first time offender program called Pre-Trial Intervention (known as “PTI”) which allows a defendant to be placed on probation and, if they successfully complete the probation and comply with the conditions, the charges are dismissed at the end of the probationary period.
The defense lawyer can submit a compelling reasons package in support of a Graves Act waiver and PTI application which typically includes the following:
- Proof of legal purchase of the weapon (receipt)
- Gun permit from home state
- Proof of employment, employment records
- Travel documents (why the defendant was traveling to NJ or through NJ)
- Character references
The assistant prosecutor assigned to the case will then review the package and speak to their supervisors about a potential plea offer. On a 2nd degree charge, the defendant can’t even apply for PTI unless the prosecutor consents. Once they consent, probation will interview the defendant and make a recommendation to the court and the prosecutors office about whether or not they think the defendant is a good candidate for PTI. However, the prosecutor makes the ultimate decision.
APPLYING FOR FIREARMS PURCHASER IDENTIFICATION CARD/HANDGUN PERMIT IN WARREN COUNTY NJ
If you are a resident of Warren 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. To find the contact information for the police department in your municipality in Warren County, click here. To learn more about the gun permit application process, visit our Gun Permit Process in NJ page.
Denied a gun permit in Warren County? Gun permit appeals
If you applied for a gun permit in Warren County and you were denied, you have the right to appeal. The appeal must be filed in writing within 30 days of your denial. It must be submitted in writing to the Warren County Prosecutor’s office, the NJ superintendent of state police, and the chief of police in the town where you live. Then, a gun permit appeal hearing will be scheduled in the Warren County Superior Court within 30 days of your appeal being filed. If you need assistance filing a gun permit appeal in Warren County, contact us now for immediate assistance and a free initial consultation.
PLACES TO SHOOT/PLACES TO PURCHASE FIREARMS IN WARREN COUNTY
To go shooting in Warren County or purchase a handgun, rifle or shotgun, check out the following locations:
- Pequest WMA, Pequest Rd off of route 46, Oxford, NJ 07863, 973-383-0918;
- Phillipsburg Pistol Club, 25 Howard Street, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865, 908-454-1232;
- Shongum Sportsmen’s Association, 363 Janes Chapel Rd., Hackettstown, NJ, 07840, 908-637-9813,
- Kustom Kraft Gunsmithing Corp, 6 Walnut Valley Rd Columbia, NJ, 07832, 908-362-5944,
- Hackettstwon Guns and Ammo, 147 Main Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, 908-852-5260
- Sitting Dog Gun & Knife Works, 45 Wall Street, Oxford, NJ 07863, 908-857-2333
Guns Seized Based on Domestic Violence Restraining Order Warren County NJ
If a temporary restraining order (TRO) was filed against you, your weapons must be seized under NJ law. Then, if a final restraining order is issued in court, you are prohibited from owning or possessing weapons permanently. You may be able to have the weapons transferred to a family member or to a gun dealer to be sold. However, if the temporary restraining order is dismissed, your weapons can be returned to you but this doesn’t happen automatically. The Warren County Prosecutors office has 45 days to decide whether they will return the guns to you or file a forfeiture action. If they file for forfeiture, a hearing will be scheduled in the Warren County Court for a Judge to decide if your weapons should be returned to you or forfeited.