Recent posts on our New Jersey criminal defense blog have focused on weapons
charges related to assault rifles and pistols. The whole country is in
the midst of debate about the firearms because of the recent shootings
in Connecticut. New Jersey has strict laws against the sort of weapon
used in that incident, and two men are facing the consequences of that fact now.
Two weapons offense defendants, both 31, pleaded guilty to various charges
this week. Their pleas were part of a deal that was meant to keep both
defendants' prison terms less harsh than they could have been. Both
of the convictions are connected to the possession and sale of assault weapons.
The defendants became targets of criminal charges after they became trapped
by an undercover operation. One of the suspects admits that he provided
assault weapons to a person whom he didn't know was an undercover
officer at the time.
Perhaps it is because of the undercover sting that the defendant and his
co-defendant were apt to agree to plead guilty and accept settlements.
The man who physically provided the illegal firearms has been sentenced
to 10 years in prison and will only be eligible for parole after serving
five years. The other defendant is sentenced to five years and won't
be eligible for parole until after serving three.
Gun laws in New Jersey are already strict, and as our past posts suggest,
high-profile incidents of violence are likely to inspire the increased
severity of gun laws in the state. Our law firm can help those who have
been charged with violating
weapons laws fight for the most fair outcome. Sometimes, that might involve a plea
deal, but a decision like that must be made with a knowledgeable and trusted
criminal defense attorney.
Source: NJ Today, "Second Linden Man Admits Trafficking Assault Weapons," Jan. 3, 2013