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Gun and Weapons Crimes

New York Defense Attorneys Handle Weapons Charges

Solid representation for clients facing gun and knife possession crimes

Any case that involves the possession or use of a prohibited weapon — whether a gun, a knife or an explosive device — can result in extended prison time. If you face such allegations, it’s important to be represented by  criminal defense attorneys who have successfully represented clients on similar charges At Gregg & Associates P.C. in Staten Island, we have been protecting the rights of clients charged with weapon and gun violations since 1998 and will provide the strongest possible defense to the weapons charges you face.

Illegal weapons under New York law

Just as there is a wide range of weapons, there is a wide range of weapons charges. In New York, weapons that may lead to criminal charges include:

  • Firearms
  • Electronic dart guns or stun guns
  • Knives (gravity knives, switchblade knives, ballistic knives, metal knuckle knives)
  • Cane swords
  • Club-style weapons (billy clubs, blackjacks, bludgeons, plastic or metal knuckles, chuka sticks, sandbags, sandclubs)
  • Slingshots

Other items, even everyday items, can be considered weapons under the law if you intend to use them unlawfully.

Weapon and gun laws in New York

With increasing public demand for better enforcement on illegal gun use, police in New York are cracking down on gun crimes. An arrest for a gun law violation can have very serious, long-term consequences. If convicted of any of several gun-related crimes, you face mandatory minimum sentences, which are enhanced if you are convicted of possessing a gun during the commission of another crime. Additionally, a weapons charge could be bumped up if you have a prior criminal conviction.

  • First-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Possession of a bomb or 10 or more firearms. Class B felony. Sentence of five to 25 years in prison.
  • Second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Possession of a loaded gun with intent to use against another person or outside a home without a permit. Class C felony. Sentence of 3.5 to 15 years in prison.
  • Third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Possession with a prior conviction, firearm with a defaced serial number, or multiple firearms. Class D felony. Sentence up to seven years in prison.
  • Fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Possession of any listed prohibited weapon. Class A misdemeanor. Sentence up to one year in jail.
  • Criminal possession of a firearm. Possession of a firearm, loaded or unloaded. Class E nonviolent felony. Sentence of probation up to four years in prison.
  • Criminal use of a firearm. Charged in conjunction with another serious felony. Sentence 3.5 to 15 years in prison.

Weapons laws in New York are complicated. You can face multiple charges simultaneously. No matter the weapons crime you face, it is imperative that you hire a criminal defense attorney who has experience defending weapons charges in New York.

Contact skilled NY attorneys for help with a weapons charge

Gregg & Associates P.C. offers a free initial consultation at our Staten Island office. If you are facing any type of charge involving a gun or other weapon, contact our criminal defense attorneys to discuss your case and see how we can help. To schedule a consultation, please call us at 866-308-3353 or contact us online.

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