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Unlawful Possession of a Weapon Charge NJ 2C:39-4

Possession of a Weapon Charge NJ 2C:39-4 – Weapons possession charges NJ – Possession of a weapon penalties NJ

“What are the penalties and punishments for a unlawful possession of a weapon charge 2C:39-4 and can I potentially beat a possession of a weapon case?

unlawful possession of a weapon njIf you’ve been arrested for possession of a weapon, you could be facing some fairly vague legal statutes depending on the weapon that you’ve been charges with.  In the letter of the law, a weapon is  “anything readily capable of lethal use or inflicting serious bodily injury”.  Technically, a large stick that you picked up off of the ground could be considered a weapon under the right circumstances.

In order for you to be convicted of this charge, there need to be a number of circumstances:

  1. A weapon has to exist- If nothing involved in your case can be technically considered a weapon, then your case can be dismissed.
  2. The weapon has to be in your possession- If you are standing next to a baseball bat on the ground, you might not be considered to be “in possession” of a weapon.  You must clearly possess the weapon.
  3. You have to be aware of the “nature” of the object, and how it might be used for destructive purposes.
  4. The circumstances must dictate that the item was not intended to be used for lawful purposes.

The final portion of the definition of a weapon is by far the most important.  In reality, just about anything can be considered to be a weapon.  What really matters is what you intend to do with the item.

If you have a brick in your hand, you should be using it to build a house.  If you have a brick in your hand during a loud verbal argument, that item is going to be considered a weapon.

If you have a baseball bat in your hand, walking down the street, it’s not a weapon if you’re on your way to the batting cage.  If you have a bat and you already threatened to hit someone with it, it’s going to be considered a weapon.

We want to help you with whatever charge you’re facing, however every charge is different.  Below is a list of weapons charges which might specifically apply to your case.  For more information please find your charge and read more about how we can fight that case.  For more information, please contact our office at (201) 556-1571

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2C:39-4.  Possession of weapons for unlawful purposes.

a.Firearms. (1) Any person who has in his possession any firearm with a purpose to use it unlawfully against the person or property of another is guilty of a crime of the second degree.

(2)Any person who possesses, receives or transfers a community gun is guilty of a crime of the second degree and shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment by the court.  The term of imprisonment shall include the imposition of a minimum term.  The minimum term shall be fixed at one-half of the sentence imposed by the court or three years, whichever is greater and during which the defendant shall be ineligible for parole.  As used in this paragraph, “community gun” means a firearm that is transferred among, between or within any association of two or more persons who, while possessing that firearm, engage in criminal activity or use it unlawfully against the person or property of another.

b.Explosives. Any person who has in his possession or carries any explosive substance with a purpose to use it unlawfully against the person or property of another is guilty of a crime of the second degree.

c.Destructive devices. Any person who has in his possession any destructive device with a purpose to use it unlawfully against the person or property of another is guilty of a crime of the second degree.

d.Other weapons. Any person who has in his possession any weapon, except a firearm, with a purpose to use it unlawfully against the person or property of another is guilty of a crime of the third degree.

e.Imitation firearms. Any person who has in his possession an imitation firearm under circumstances that would lead an observer to reasonably believe that it is possessed for an unlawful purpose is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.

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