Getting the right Weapons Charges Lawyer Queens, NY

Weapons offenses are extremely serious in the state of New York.  Whether a charge is related to illegal possession, purchase, sale, or use, the consequences of a conviction frequently lead to years of incarceration and hugely expensive restitution fines.  In addition to the immediate consequences of a prison sentence and other penalties, former offenders unfortunately find that they are often haunted by their record for years to come.

The overwhelming majority of employers and landlords conduct background checks on prospective tenants and employees, and a criminal history could prevent you from being accepted into a certain community, or from being hired to work in certain positions. These charges do not simply impact your present and then disappear — their repercussions extend far into the future, damaging personal and professional relationships and opportunities for years to come.

If you or one of your loved ones is facing criminal charges related to weapons, call the law offices of Victor Knapp at (718) 263-9000 to schedule your private legal consultation. The sooner you act, the better prepared you will be, so don’t delay: call right away to start confidentially discussing your case.

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New York City is very serious about “cracking down”on the flow of firearms and other dangerous items, and as a result, the majority of these charges are classified as felonies. Felony offenses carry extremely harsh punishments and can negatively impact the rest of your life.  When so much is riding on the line, you need to protect your rights with the support of a dedicated, aggressive lawyer.

Queens weapons charges attorney Victor Knapp has more than 30 years of experience handling thousands of criminal cases throughout New York City.  No matter how overwhelming or complex your case may seem, Victor Knapp is equipped with decades of experience and practical wisdom and will guide you through each and every step of the legal process.  When you need the support of a committed attorney with a track record of success, call on Victor Knapp.

Illegal Weapons in New York

Most people assume only guns can lead to arrests and convictions.  While it is true that many of these charges do relate to firearms, other dangerous items can also get you into legal trouble.  Under Article 265 of the New York Penal Code, all of the following objects can be considered weapons:

  • Automatic Knives
  • Cane Swords
  • Chuka Sticks
  • Gravity Knives
  • Kung Fu Stars
  • Metal Knuckle Knives
  • Pilum Ballistic Knives
  • Stun Guns
  • Switchblades

Of course, many of these offenses do involve firearms.  Article 265 lists all of the following:

  • Antique Firearms
  • Machine Guns
  • Pistols
  • Revolvers
  • Rifles
  • Shotguns

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Weapon Possession

Depending on the specific type of item involved, and how that item was used, the legal penalties and classifications differ widely.

Criminal Possession of a Firearm

  • Class: E Felony
  • Sentence: 4 years

Criminal Weapons Possession

This charge can range from 4th Degree (Class A Misdemeanor) to 1st Degree (Class B Violent Felony) depending on the details involved.

  • Minimum Class: A Misdemeanor
  • Sentence: 1 year
  • Maximum Class: B Violent Felony
  • Sentence: 25 years

Criminal Sale of a Firearm

This charge can range from 3rd Degree to 1st Degree.  However, regardless of the classification made, all criminal firearm sale charges are felonies.

  • Minimum Class: D Violent Felony
  • Sentence: 7 years
  • Maximum Class: B Violent Felony
  • Sentence: 25 years

It should be noted that despite the use of the word “sale,” this charge does not necessarily need to involve money changing hands.  If a person simply gives another individual a weapon, or if there is an exchange, that person could still be charged.

Criminal Use of a Firearm

  • Minimum Class: C Violent Felony (2nd Degree)
  • Sentence: 15 years
  • Maximum Class: B Violent Felony (1st Degree)
  • Sentence: 25 years

It’s important to note that criminal use of a firearm does not need to involve an actual gun.  If an offender possesses any object that even convincingly appears to be a real firearm, he or she can be charged with this offense.

If You Have Been Arrested on Weapons Charges in Queens, NY

Regardless of weather guns, blades, or other objects are involved, weapons crimes are harshly punished and prosecuted in New York.  If you or one of your loved ones is facing these allegations, call the law offices of Victor Knapp at (718) 263-9000, or contact us online today to schedule a confidential case evaluation.