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Gun Charges

Queens, New York Gun Crime Defense Lawyer

Gun laws in New York are complex and multi-faceted. They are also continually being adjusted and changed to address emerging societal demands and trends. That makes it challenging for the average person to keep up with the ever-evolving laws and regulations.

If you are convicted of a gun crime, the consequences can be severe, leaving you with a permanent criminal record that can impact your employment prospects, qualification for professional licenses in a career, educational opportunities, and more. You need to take serious action by turning to a capable criminal defense lawyer in your area. 

As a Queens gun crime defense attorney, I can provide vital assistance. When you contact me at Sean A. McNichols, P.C., you can get a free initial consultation in which I can review your situation, clarify the law and how it can impact you, and give you the counsel you need to make informed decisions about your case. 

Call me to schedule your free consultation at (475) 471-1971 or contact Sean A. McNichols, P.C. online

Gun Crimes in New York

Some of the nation’s most complex and strictest gun laws have been enacted in New York. If you are convicted, prison sentences are often mandatory. Charges can range from misdemeanors to class B felonies. This can mean incarceration for up to a year as well as up to 25 years. You will also face fines. In a misdemeanor, fines can range up to $1,000, while they can be much higher for felonies. 

New York State and New York City have enacted many gun laws as separate entities. These various laws can differ. For example, owning a handgun in New York City requires a valid City handgun license. For a rifle or shotgun, a permit is also required. These rules are stricter than those in many parts of New York State. 

Another example involves carrying firearms. New York State law prohibits the open carrying of handguns but not long guns. However, New York City maintains even stricter regulations; openly carrying any firearm within city limits is generally not permitted. 

Gun charges I can defend include but are not limited to:

Criminal Possession of a Weapon: This involves knowingly possessing a firearm without a valid permit. For instance, carrying a loaded firearm in public without a permit is a felony, which may result in up to seven years in prison.

Criminal Use of a Firearm: This charge applies when a firearm is used during the commission of a felony. Depending on the specifics of the crime, penalties could include a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison.

Criminal Sale of a Firearm: Illegally selling firearms can lead to this charge. If convicted, you may face several years in prison, especially if the sale involved multiple firearms or if the firearms were sold to minors.

Unlawfully Dealing with a Firearm: This charge is often levied against individuals who sell or possess firearms and do not have a proper license. Depending upon the specific circumstances and degree of the charge, it can lead to up to seven years in prison.

Possession of an Assault Weapon: New York law classifies certain types of semi-automatic firearms as assault weapons. Possession of these weapons without the proper licensing or registration is a serious crime. The penalties can be severe if convicted, including substantial fines and significant prison time. The specifics of the penalties will depend on factors such as any prior convictions and the circumstances surrounding the possession.

Gun Charge Defense Representation in Queens & Kew Gardens

It’s crucial to remember that an arrest does not automatically mean a conviction. With representation from a defender with experience, you can increase your chances of a favorable outcome. 

As your criminal defense attorney, I can dissect the finer details of your case, identify any procedural errors or violations of your rights, and craft a defense strategy customized to your specifics. 

Sean A. McNichols, P.C. is dedicated to upholding your rights and aggressively pursuing the best possible outcome for your case. 

Connect with me via my online contact form or call (475) 471-1971 to consult with me as soon as possible. 

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