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The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

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What Penalties Do I Face If Caught With Brass Knuckles in NYC?

The Consequences of Carrying Brass Knuckles in New York City

What are brass knuckles?

Brass knuckles are a metal weapon worn on the fingers used to increase the force of punches during hand-to-hand combat. They date back thousands of years but became popular in the American Old West in the 1800s.

Modern brass knuckles in NYC typically consist of four metal finger holes attached to a grip and come in materials like brass, steel, aluminum, or plastic. Some varieties incorporate spikes, blades, or studs to amplify tissue and bone damage on impact.

Why are brass knuckles illegal in New York?

Under New York Penal Law 265.01, it is illegal to manufacture, transport, dispose of, or possess “metal knuckles” without a valid license or permit. Metal knuckles are defined as any instrument worn on the fingers designed to amplify striking force, including brass knuckles, regardless of what material they are made from.

Brass knuckles fall under the definition of dangerous weapons banned in NYC. Like switchblades, gravity knives, and blackjacks, brass knuckles enable and encourage violence according to lawmakers. Their concealability and injury potential raise public safety concerns.

What are the penalties?

First-time offense

For first-time brass knuckle possession offenses, you face misdemeanor charges punishable by:

  • Up to 1 year in jail
  • Fines up to $1,000
  • A permanent criminal record

Second offense

If convicted of a previous weapon offense in the past 10 years, brass knuckle possession jumps to a class D felony. This exposes you to:

  • 1 to 2.5 years in state prison
  • Fines up to $5,000
  • Felony criminal record

Additional penalties

On top of fines and jail time, a brass knuckles conviction also commonly leads to:

  • 5 years probation
  • Weapon forfeiture – Your brass knuckles will be confiscated and destroyed
  • Fees – You must pay court fees, probation costs, and more

Are there any defenses?

The best defense against a brass knuckles charge involves attacking the prosecution’s evidence. Common strategies include:

  • Invalid search – If police discovered your brass knuckles during an illegal vehicle search, the evidence may get thrown out
  • Misidentification – Without an expert witness, prosecutors may struggle to prove an item qualifies as brass knuckles
  • Lack of possession – You can fight charges by claiming the brass knuckles belonged to someone else

An experienced New York criminal defense lawyer can help identify important holes in the prosecution’s case and build an aggressive defense to avoid penalties. They may also be able to negotiate reduced charges or probation through a plea bargain.

Should you fight brass knuckle charges pro se?

While every case is different, pursuing brass knuckle charges pro se (defending yourself without an attorney) is generally ill-advised. The complexity of New York criminal law paired with the severity of penalties make finding an affordable defense lawyer well worthwhile.

A proven defense attorney intimately understands critical nuances in weapon laws and case strategies that no average person can replicate on their own. They know what arguments sway judges and how to get charges reduced or dismissed through plea negotiations.

An experienced lawyer also prevents you from accidentally saying anything to police or prosecutors that hurts your defense. Plus, their deeper familiarity with judges and district attorneys often encourages more lenient treatment.


Getting caught with brass knuckles in NYC can lead to handcuffs, court dates, steep fines, and lifelong criminal records. Never assume you can safely carry around dangerous weapons like brass knuckles for self-defense in New York City.

If arrested, quickly retaining an affordable criminal defense lawyer specialized in weapon charges gives you the best shot at beating allegations. They have the courtroom experience to exploit flaws in the prosecution’s case and negotiate reduced penalties on your behalf. With an attorney’s counsel, you mitigate legal risks and strive for the most favorable resolution.


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