Charged With Possession of a Handgun, Stun Gun, Pellet Gun, Knife, Pepper Mace or Another Weapon at New Airport
If you were arrested by the Transportation Security Administration at Newark International Airport and charged with a weapon offense, the defense lawyers at our firm have the skills to help you avoid a conviction. Our ability to defend your handgun, stun gun, pellet gun, bb gun, knife, handcuff or other weapon charge comes from over a century of combined experience representing clients in criminal cases in Newark Municipal Court and at the Essex County Superior Court, which is also located in Newark New Jersey.
Most of Newark Airport falls within the City of Newark, including all of Terminal B and Terminal C. When someone illegally possesses a weapon in these areas, the related criminal charge falls under the jurisdiction of the the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. The related offense also involves an indictable crime of the second, third or fourth degree, that can only be dealt with at the Superior Court. Our attorneys include former county and municipal prosecutors that have been litigating charges at this venue for decades.
An attorney at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall is available 24/7 for a free consultation by contacting our Newark Office. A lawyer is available to assist you immediately at 973-710-1520.
Weapon Charge at Newark Airport
The majority of weapons charges at Newark Airport arise out of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3. This statute makes it illegal to possess items that are considered prohibited weapons under New Jersey Law, including a:
- Destructive device (e.g. explosives)
- Sawed off shotgun
- Defaced firearm
- Knife, billy club, stiletto, brass knuckles or slingshot
- Body armor
- Stun gun
A separate law contained at N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5 is directed at unlawful possession of a firearm, including shotguns, handguns, rifles, BB guns, pellet guns and airsoft guns. Weapons that are considered a handgun are particularly serious since they result in a second degree crime. When a pistol or revolver is in the nature of a air gun, spring gun or is propelled by spring, elastic or air (e.g. BB, pellet or airsoft gun), possession is a third degree crime. Possessing an illegal shotgun or rifle is also a third degree crime.
If you are convicted for weapon possession at Newark International Airport, the penalties are quite severe. A third degree crime involving a weapon (e.g. destructive device, explosives, BB/Pellet/Airsoft gun or illegal rifle or shotgun) results in a fine of up to $15,000 and 3-5 years in prison. A fourth degree crime for possessing a prohibited weapon such as a stun gun, grass knuckles, ballistic knife, switchblade or similar device carries up to 18 months of incarceration and a fine that can reach $10,000. A second degree crime for possession of an illegal handgun at Newark Airport results in 5-10 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000. You should also know that most firearm violations trigger the Graves Act, a provision of the law that automatically results in parole ineligibility (i.e. mandatory minimum period of incarceration).
Newark Weapon Lawyers for Charge at Newark Airport
The Port Authority Police encounter numerous weapon violations at Newark Airport every year. The lawyers at our firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, are skilled in defending handgun and other charges of this nature. In fact, one of the attorneys on our team is a former director of the Guns Gangs & Drugs Task Force. An attorney who possesses the knowledge and ability to successfully defend your weapon offense is ready to conduct a thorough review of your case without obligation. A lawyer is available at 973-710-1520.
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