Law Firm of Sean Imran

Possession of Guns Charges in the State of New York

A Perspective from Criminal Lawyer Sean Imran

As a seasoned criminal defense attorney in the State of New York, I understand the severity of charges related to the possession of guns. It is paramount that anyone facing such charges fully understands their rights and seeks qualified legal representation to navigate the complex legal process.

The Legal Framework in New York

New York has some of the strictest gun control laws in the United States. The possession, purchase, and use of firearms in the state are highly regulated. It is crucial to be aware of the specific laws governing firearm possession in order to minimize potential legal consequences.

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Understanding Different Charges

In the context of gun possession charges, several factors affect the severity of the offense and potential penalties. These factors include:

Criminal Possession of a Weapon (CPW) in the 4th Degree: This charge applies to individuals who possess firearms without a valid license. It is a Class A misdemeanor in New York, carrying penalties of up to one year in jail and fines of up to $1,000.

Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd Degree: If an individual possesses a loaded firearm outside of their home or place of business without a valid license, they may face this charge, which is classified as a Class D felony. Convictions can lead to up to seven years in prison and fines up to $5,000.

Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd Degree: This charge is applied to those found in possession of a loaded firearm with the intent to use it unlawfully against another person. It is a Class C felony and can result in a prison sentence of up to 15 years.

Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 1st Degree: The most serious charge is applied to individuals who possess ten or more firearms, or possess any explosive substances with the intent to use unlawfully. This charge is a Class B felony and may lead to a maximum prison sentence of up to 25 years.

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Building a Strong Defense Strategy

When facing gun possession charges in New York, it is crucial to remember that the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. As an experienced criminal lawyer, my role is to methodically examine the evidence and your specific circumstances to build a defense strategy tailored to your case.

Potential defense strategies may include challenging the legality of the search and seizure, questioning the accuracy of laboratory reports, arguing self-defense, or presenting evidence of a lack of intent or knowledge of the firearm's presence. Each case is unique, and I will work diligently to identify the most effective defense strategy for you.

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Seek Professional Legal Representation

Navigating the legal complexities related to gun possession charges in the State of New York can be overwhelming and intimidating. It is of utmost importance to seek professional legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney. With my knowledge and expertise, I am committed to protecting your rights, exploring potential defenses, and fighting for the best outcome possible.

Contact my office today to schedule a consultation, and let's start building your defense together.

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