Hauppauge Criminal Defense Attorneys Defend Against Weapons Charges
New York law firm represents those accused of gun crimes
In 2014, there were 875 people killed by guns in the state of New York, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Committed to preventing gun violence, New York has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, so actions or possession that are completely legal in most states can result in criminal charges here. At the firm of Reynolds, Caronia, Gianelli & La Pinta, P.C., we have more than 30 years of combined experience defending Long Island residents facing gun charges. We represent those in the Hauppauge area and beyond, including the entirety of Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Understanding New York’s gun laws
New York gun owners and enthusiasts are subject to strict state and city laws involving firearms. Our Central Islip criminal law attorneys defend clients against all weapons charges, including these which are some of the most common:
- Illegal possession. If you are found with a loaded gun or other firearm outside of your home or place of business without a New York permit, you can be charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence. If the weapon is unlicensed or unregistered, even if it’s not loaded, the penalties may increase.
- Improper discharge. Shooting a gun within 500 feet of a school, playground, dwelling, church or certain other buildings is an offense unless you own the structure or have the consent of the owner.
- Use in the commission of a crime. Showing or using a gun in the commission of a crime can greatly increase the penalties for that crime.
- Unlawful transfer. New York’s SAFE Act requires firearms be stored safely to keep them out of the hands of those who are not allowed to possess them under federal law. Gun sales typically require background checks, and the SAFE Act restricts a gun owner’s ability to transfer his weapon to friends or family.
New York has a variety of other laws regulating the possession and sale of weapons and ammunition, including restrictions of giving minors or children access to certain weapons.
Penalties for gun crimes in New York
Those who violate New York’s strict gun laws and regulations face severe penalties upon conviction, although fines and penalties can vary drastically depending upon the exact charges against you and whether you have an existing criminal record. The illegal possession of a loaded weapon carries a minimum sentence of three-and-a-half years, even if you have no previous record. Possession of 10 or more firearms carries a sentence of up to 25 years. The possession of an unregistered weapon can result in up to four years’ imprisonment.
The use of a weapon in a Class C felony carries a sentence of up to 15 years of prison. For a Class B felony, the punishment can be as much as 25 years. Our attorneys understand the severity of these charges and fight to have them reduced in all criminal cases.
Consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney if you have been accused of violating NY gun laws
At the Hauppauge law firm of Reynolds, Caronia, Gianelli & La Pinta, P.C., we defend clients against accusations related to guns and other firearms. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced defense lawyer, call us now at 631-231-1199 or contact us online.