Weapons offenses especially those involving unlicensed loaded firearms are extremely serious in the state of New York. Whether a charge is related to illegal possession, purchase, sale, or use, the likely consequences of a conviction can lead to years of incarceration followed by post-release supervision. 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, landlords and even educational institutions conduct background checks on prospective tenants and employees, and a criminal history could prevent you from being accepted into a certain community or school, or from being hired to work in certain positions. These charges do not simply have an immediate impact on you and then disappear — convictions can have repercussions that extend far into the future, damaging personal and professional relationships and opportunities for years to come.