Brooklyn Gun and Weapons Charge Defense Lawyer

Recent legislation in New York has increased the penalties for possession of an unlicensed weapon or gun. Conviction now carries a mandatory sentence of a minimum 3 ½ years in jail. While there used to be a considerable reduction in the penalty for possession of an unlicensed weapon in your home, the reduction has since been changed by the new legislation. Due to these new laws, it is vital to consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately if you face gun and weapons charges.

Jay Schwitzman has unmatched experience in representing defendants facing weapons charges. In 2009 and 2010 alone, Jay had 15 gun cases dismissed. Fifteen different clients charged with possession of a gun now have no record and are not in jail.

The Facts That Will Help Defend You against a Weapon and Gun Possession Charge

Jay meticulously plans your legal defense while taking into consideration all of the facts that will help win your case

  • Whether you were in temporary or innocent possession of the weapon
  • Whether the weapon is operable or inoperable

What Constitutes Illegal Gun/Weapon Possession in the State of New York?

All weapons and handguns in the City of New York must be licensed and registered. If you are in possession of an unregistered weapon and/or gun, it is considered illegal. You do not have to actually carry a weapon or firearm to be charged with possession. In fact, weapon possession can be described as:

  • Constructive possession: If you are found to be in the dominion or control of a weapon near to you, or in area over which you exercise control, such as an office desk or the glove compartment of your car, you could be charged with “constructive possession” of this weapon.
  • Presumptive possession: If you are with other people in a car or an apartment and the police find a weapon, under certain circumstances you and your companions could all be charged with the possession of this weapon.

Jay Schwitzman has the skill and knowledge needed to competently defend you against all weapons charges.

If you have been charged with possession of an unlicensed gun in the New York tri-state area, Jay Schwitzman is available by phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week: