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The Best Criminal Defense Lawyers for Weapons Charges in NYC

March 21, 2024

Look, we get it – the mere thought of facing weapons charges can be terrifying. You may have heard horror stories of people’s lives being turned upside down, facing harsh penalties and lengthy prison sentences. But take a deep breath, because with the help of our skilled attorneys at Spodek Law Group, we can help navigate you through this challenging situation.In this comprehensive article, we’ll dive deep into the world of weapons charges in New York, covering everything from the different types of charges to potential defenses and strategies. Buckle up, because this is going to be an informative ride!

Understanding Weapons Charges in New York

Before we delve into the nitty-gritty details, let’s start with the basics. In New York, weapons charges can range from simple possession to more serious offenses like criminal use or sale of firearms. The severity of the charge often depends on factors such as the type of weapon involved, your criminal history, and the circumstances surrounding the alleged offense.Now, we know what you’re thinking: “But I didn’t mean any harm!” Well, that’s where the tricky part comes in. In many cases, the prosecution doesn’t have to prove intent – the mere possession of certain weapons can be enough to land you in hot water.

Types of Weapons Charges in New York

  1. Criminal Possession of a Weapon

This is one of the most common weapons charges in New York. It covers a wide range of offenses, from possessing an unlicensed firearm to carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. The degree of the charge (from misdemeanor to felony) depends on factors like the type of weapon, your criminal record, and whether the weapon was loaded or not.

  1. Criminal Sale of a Firearm

As the name suggests, this charge involves the illegal sale or transfer of firearms. It’s a serious offense that can result in hefty fines and potential prison time, especially if the sale involved individuals who are prohibited from possessing firearms (like convicted felons).

  1. Criminal Use of a Firearm

This charge is reserved for situations where a firearm was used, brandished, or discharged during the commission of a crime. It’s often accompanied by additional charges related to the underlying crime (e.g., robbery, assault, etc.).

  1. Possession of a Weapon on School Grounds

New York takes a zero-tolerance approach when it comes to weapons on school grounds. Even possessing something as seemingly harmless as a pocketknife can result in serious charges and consequences.

Potential Penalties for Weapons Charges in New York

The penalties for weapons charges in New York can vary widely depending on the specific charge and the circumstances surrounding the case. Here’s a general overview:

Christine Twomey
Christine Twomey
2024-03-21
Just had my Divorce case settled 2 months ago after having a horrible experience with another firm. I couldn’t be happier with Claire Banks and Elizabeth Garvey with their outstanding professionalism in doing so with Spodek Law Group. Any time I needed questions answered they were always prompt in doing so with all my uncertainties after 30 yrs of marriage.I feel from the bottom of my heart you will NOT be disappointed with either one. Thanks a million.
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Brendan huisman
2024-03-18
Alex Zhik contacted me almost immediately when I reached out to Spodek for a consultation and was able to effectively communicate the path forward/consequences of my legal issue. I immediately agreed to hire Alex for his services and did not regret my choice. He was able to cover my case in court (with 1 day notice) and not only was he able to push my case down, he carefully negotiated a dismissal of the charge altogether. I highly recommend Spodek, and more specifically, Alex Zhik for all of your legal issues. Thanks guys!
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Guerline Menard
2024-03-18
Thanks again Spodek law firm, particularly Esq Claire Banks who stood right there with us up to the finish line. Attached photos taken right outside of the court building and the smile on our faces represented victory, a breath of fresh air and satisfaction. We are very happy that this is over and we can move on with our lives. Thanks Spodek law 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙌🏼❤️
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Keisha Parris
2024-03-15
Believe every single review here about Alex Z!! From our initial consultation, it was evident that Alex possessed a profound understanding of criminal law and a fierce dedication to his clients rights. Throughout the entirety of my case, Alex exhibited unparalleled professionalism and unwavering commitment. What sets Alex apart is not only his legal expertise but also his genuine compassion for his clients. He took the time to thoroughly explain my case, alleviating any concerns I had along the way. His exact words were “I’m not worried about it”. His unwavering support and guidance were invaluable throughout the entire process. I am immensely grateful for Alex's exceptional legal representation and wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Alex Z is not just a lawyer; he is a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of the legal system. If you find yourself in need of a dedicated and competent legal advocate, look no further than Alex Z.
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Taïko Beauty
2024-03-15
I don’t know where to start, I can write a novel about this firm, but one thing I will say is that having my best interest was their main priority since the beginning of my case which was back in Winter 2019. Miss Claire Banks, one of the best Attorneys in the firm represented me very well and was very professional, respectful, and truthful. Not once did she leave me in the dark, in fact she presented all options and routes that could possibly be considered for my case and she reinsured me that no matter what I decided to do, her and the team will have my back and that’s exactly what happened. Not only will I be liberated from this case, also, I will enjoy my freedom and continue to be a mother to my first born son and will have no restrictions with accomplishing my goals in life. Now that’s what I call victory!! I thank the Lord, My mother, Claire, and the Spodek team for standing by me and fighting with me. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work with this team. I’m very satisfied, very pleased with their performance, their hard work, and their diligence. Thank you team!
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Anthony Williams
2024-03-12
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Loveth Okpedo
2024-03-12
Very professional, very transparent, over all a great experience
Bee L
Bee L
2024-02-28
Amazing experience with Spodek! Very professional lawyers who take your case seriously. They treated me with respect, were always available, and answered any and all questions. They were able to help me very successfully and removed a huge stress. Highly recommend.
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divesh patel
2024-02-24
I can't recommend Alex Zhik and Spodek Law Firm highly enough for their exceptional legal representation and personal mentorship. From the moment I engaged their services in October 2022, Alex took the time to understand my case thoroughly and provided guidance every step of the way. Alex's dedication to my case went above and beyond my expectations. His expertise, attention to detail, and commitment to achieving the best possible outcome were evident throughout the entire process. He took the time to mentor me, ensuring I understood the legal complexities involved to make informed decisions. Alex is the kind of guy you would want to have a beer with and has made a meaningful impact on me. I also want to acknowledge Todd Spodek, the leader of the firm, who played a crucial role in my case. His leadership and support bolstered the efforts of Alex, and his involvement highlighted the firm's commitment to excellence. Thanks to Alex Zhik and Todd Spodek, I achieved the outcome I desired, and I am incredibly grateful for their professionalism, expertise, and genuine care. If you're in need of legal representation, look no further than this outstanding team.
  • Misdemeanor Charges: Potential penalties can include fines, probation, and up to one year in jail.
  • Felony Charges: Felony weapons charges can result in significant prison sentences, ranging from a few years to decades behind bars, depending on the severity of the offense and your criminal history.

It’s important to note that certain weapons charges in New York can also carry mandatory minimum sentences, which means that even if you’re a first-time offender, you could still face a substantial amount of time in prison.

Defenses Against Weapons Charges in New York

Now, let’s talk about the good news – there are several potential defenses that our skilled attorneys at Spodek Law Group can explore to help mitigate or even dismiss the charges against you.

Lack of Knowledge or Intent

In some cases, we may be able to argue that you had no knowledge of the weapon’s presence or that you didn’t intend to possess or use it illegally. For example, if a firearm was found in a vehicle you were driving but didn’t own, we could argue that you had no knowledge of its existence.

Lawful Possession or Use

Certain individuals, such as law enforcement officers, security guards, or those with valid permits, may have a legal right to possess or use certain weapons under specific circumstances. If this applies to your case, we can use it as a defense.

Unlawful Search and Seizure

If the weapon in question was obtained through an unlawful search and seizure, we may be able to have the evidence suppressed, effectively weakening the prosecution’s case against you.

Self-Defense or Defense of Others

In some situations, the use of a weapon may be justified if it was done in self-defense or in defense of others. However, this defense is subject to strict legal requirements, and our attorneys can help determine if it applies to your case.These are just a few examples of potential defenses. Every case is unique, and our team at Spodek Law Group will thoroughly evaluate the specifics of your situation to develop the most effective defense strategy.

Choosing the Right Attorney for Your Weapons Charge Case

Facing weapons charges in New York is no joke. The consequences can be severe, and the legal process can be complex and overwhelming. That’s why it’s crucial to have an experienced and skilled attorney by your side.At Spodek Law Group, we have a team of dedicated attorneys who specialize in handling weapons charges in New York. We understand the nuances of the law and have a proven track record of success in defending our clients.Here’s why you should choose us:

  1. Extensive Experience: Our attorneys have decades of combined experience handling weapons charges in New York. We know the ins and outs of the legal system and have a deep understanding of the strategies that work.
  2. Personalized Attention: We treat each case with the utmost care and attention it deserves. We take the time to understand your unique circumstances and tailor our approach accordingly.
  3. Aggressive Representation: We are not afraid to go toe-to-toe with the prosecution. Our attorneys are skilled negotiators and fierce litigators, and we will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome.
  4. Proven Results: Our track record speaks for itself. We have successfully defended countless clients facing weapons charges, securing favorable outcomes through dismissals, reduced charges, and acquittals.

Don’t leave your future to chance. Contact us today at 212-300-5196 or visit our website at www.federallawyers.com to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. Together, we can navigate this challenging situation and work towards the best possible outcome.

Real-Life Examples and Success Stories

At Spodek Law Group, we take pride in our ability to effectively defend our clients facing weapons charges in New York. Here are a few real-life examples and success stories that showcase our expertise:

Example 1: Unlawful Search and Seizure

In one case, our client was charged with criminal possession of a firearm after a weapon was found in his vehicle during a routine traffic stop. However, our team of attorneys carefully examined the circumstances surrounding the search and discovered that the police officers had violated our client’s constitutional rights by conducting an unlawful search without probable cause.We filed a motion to suppress the evidence, and after a thorough hearing, the judge agreed with our arguments. The charges against our client were ultimately dismissed, and he was able to move on with his life without a criminal record.

Example 2: Self-Defense Claim

In another case, our client was charged with criminal use of a firearm after discharging a weapon during an altercation. However, through our investigation, we uncovered evidence that our client had acted in self-defense after being threatened and attacked by the other party.Our attorneys meticulously prepared a defense strategy, presenting compelling evidence and witness testimony to support our client’s claim of self-defense. After a hard-fought trial, the jury found our client not guilty of the charges.

Example 3: Negotiating Reduced Charges

In some cases, our attorneys have been successful in negotiating reduced charges or alternative sentencing options for our clients facing weapons charges. For instance, we represented a client who was initially charged with a felony for criminal sale of a firearm.Through skilled negotiation and by presenting mitigating factors, our attorneys were able to convince the prosecution to reduce the charges to a misdemeanor. This allowed our client to avoid a lengthy prison sentence and maintain their employment and other opportunities.These are just a few examples of the successful outcomes we’ve achieved for our clients. At Spodek Law Group, we understand that every case is unique, and we tailor our strategies accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What should I do if I’m arrested for a weapons charge in New York?

If you’re arrested for a weapons charge in New York, it’s crucial that you exercise your right to remain silent and request an attorney immediately. Do not make any statements or attempt to explain the situation to the police, as anything you say can potentially be used against you in court.

2. Can I legally own a firearm in New York?

In New York, the laws surrounding firearm ownership are strict. You generally need to obtain a license or permit to legally possess a firearm, and there are specific requirements and restrictions in place. It’s essential to consult with an experienced attorney to ensure you’re in compliance with the law.

3. What happens if I’m convicted of a weapons charge in New York?

The consequences of a weapons charge conviction in New York can be severe, ranging from fines and probation to lengthy prison sentences, depending on the specific charge and your criminal history. Additionally, a felony conviction can result in the loss of certain civil rights, such as the right to vote or possess firearms.

4. Can I have a weapons charge expunged from my record?

In some cases, it may be possible to have a weapons charge expunged or sealed from your criminal record, particularly if the charge was dismissed or if you were found not guilty. However, the process can be complex, and it’s essential to consult with an experienced attorney to understand your options.

5. How can Spodek Law Group help me with my weapons charge case?

At Spodek Law Group, our team of skilled attorneys will work tirelessly to protect your rights and build a strong defense strategy tailored to your specific case. We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your arrest, explore all potential defenses, and negotiate with the prosecution to seek the best possible outcome, whether it’s a dismissal, reduced charges, or an alternative sentencing option.Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 212-300-5196 or visit our website at www.federallawyers.com to schedule a consultation. Your future is our priority.

Conclusion: Navigating Weapons Charges with Spodek Law Group

Facing weapons charges in New York can be a daunting and overwhelming experience, but you don’t have to go through it alone. At Spodek Law Group, we understand the complexities of these cases and the potential consequences you’re facing.Our team of dedicated attorneys is committed to providing you with the highest level of legal representation. We will work tirelessly to protect your rights, explore every possible defense strategy, and fight for the best possible outcome in your case.Remember, the road ahead may be challenging, but with our expertise and unwavering support, you can navigate through this difficult situation with confidence. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 212-300-5196 or visit our website at www.federallawyers.com to schedule a consultation.

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