You Must Take All Firearms And Weapons Cases Seriously
With the number of shootings rising in New York City and Long Island, police and district attorneys are pursuing firearms cases vigorously. Many people are unfamiliar with New York’s strict laws relating to guns and other weapons, causing them to unknowingly run afoul of these laws.
New York’s weapon laws can range from misdemeanor offenses for possessing weapons, such as a switchblade, to serious felonies for possessing loaded firearms. Weapons charges are also common in many violent crime cases.
The Long-Term Consequences Of Conviction
Because of the potentially severe consequences, it is important that you speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible to minimize the potential penalties. Some of these can include the following:
- A criminal record that can seriously impact your future
- Loss of your right to own a firearm
- Higher education issues such as expulsion or revocation of your financial aid
- Career implications such as suspension or revocation of any professional licenses
- Potential negative immigration consequences up to and including removal
- Forfeiture of some of your assets, including money or vehicle recovered during the alleged crime
- Hefty fines and court fees
- Jail or prison sentences
Fight these charges aggressively by working with an experienced criminal defense lawyer you can trust. At the Law Office of Michael A. Schillinger, Esq., I commit to helping my clients get the best possible results by taking an aggressive approach and paying close attention to the details and nuances of each case. I provide a strong defense against criminal charges for clients in New York and Long Island.
Common Firearm And Weapon Related Offenses
Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree – In New York, it is illegal to possess a number of different weapons, including weapons that are legal in other states. These can include switchblades, electronic stun guns, brass knuckles and several other weapons.
This can also include common items such as a box cutter when the police argue that you had the intent to use it unlawfully against another person. In fact, it is fairly common for people to get arrested just for carrying a kitchen knife and saying that “they use it for protection.” Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree is a class A misdemeanor and is punishable by up to a year in jail.
Criminal possession of a firearm – Depending on the circumstances, possessing a gun unlawfully can result in various charges, ranging in severity from a misdemeanor to a class B violent felony. Depending on the type of gun possessed, the condition of it, the number of guns possessed, and many other factors, the charges and penalties associated with the allegations can vary greatly.
Possessing a firearm at the airport – A somewhat common crime in Queens County specifically, these tend to be situations where individuals who live outside of New York are traveling and bring their guns with them not realizing that it is illegal in New York state. The consequences of these cases can be severe.
If you believe you or a loved one is a suspect in any criminal case, it is important to contact an experienced attorney who can represent you during any discussions you may have with the police. It’s also important to give your attorney all the facts so that he can begin investigating your case as soon as possible.