New York Gun Possession Lawyer
Challenging Weapons Charges in Greater New York City
New York state gun laws govern the possession, sale, and use of guns and other weapons as well as ammunition in the state. However, New York City has its own separate regulations that are among the most restrictive in the nation. In the city of New York, permits are required to own guns. It is much more difficult to purchase a gun in NYC than elsewhere and if you are found to be unlawfully possessing a firearm, you are at risk for significant jail time. Many different types of charges can be brought against you, not only involving guns, but other weapons as well, including those that are not considered weapons per se but are items used to threaten or harm another.
If you or a loved one has been charged with illegal gun possession or weapons charges in the greater New York City area, you should not take chances with your defense. These charges are very serious. You will need a savvy and aggressive defender in your corner as soon as possible to investigate, gather evidence, and craft a defense strategy aimed at fighting the charges and mitigating the consequences. At the Law Office of Tara Whelan, you can rely on my experienced and aggressive legal assistance as a New York gun possession attorney who has handled countless cases for clients in similar situations. My extensive years of practice and strong reputation for tenacious advocacy will be at your disposal throughout all phases of the process.
Facing gun possession charges? Phone my office at (516) 647-4828 to request your free case evaluation.
Unlawful Gun Possession Charges in New York City
Under New York law, you can be charged and convicted for gun possession according to the following definition: you knowingly possessed a firearm. Under this definition, “knowingly” means that you knew the gun was in your possession. Possession means that you had actual or “constructive” control over the gun. Constructive here is a legal term that means the gun was under your control even if it was not in your hand at the moment. This can occur when a gun is found in the glove box of your car or in a room in your home or office that you have access to. Finally, firearm in this definition covers a wide scope of weapons, including shotguns, handguns, assault rifles and more.
Three categories of weapons charges exist in our area. These include:
- Per se weapons charges which include specific kinds of weapons that are unlawful to possess under all circumstances such as switchblades, metal knuckles, slingshots, billy clubs, and more
- Intent to use a weapon unlawfully against another person charges which involve the use of anything that could act as a weapon to threaten or harm others such as a club, bat, or even a kitchen knife
- Gun possession charges which include a large category of firearms, from handguns to rifles, shotguns, and assault weapons.
Typical gun and weapons charges can include criminal possession of a firearm, criminal sale of a firearm, criminal use of a firearm, carrying an unlicensed firearm, and assault with a deadly weapon. There are different degrees of offenses ranging from misdemeanors to varying levels of felonies. The nature of the offense will determine the type of charges you face and the penalties should you be convicted.
Let the Law Office of Tara Whelan Defend You
If you have been charged with illegal gun possession, your life can be seriously impacted for years to come. A conviction will not only lead to criminal penalties but will leave you with a permanent criminal record that can negatively affect your future. No matter what type of gun or weapons charge you are facing, I can develop a defense strategy designed to put you in the best possible legal position for the most favorable outcome.
Contact me at (516) 647-4828 about your gun or weapon charge for legal assistance today.
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