NJ Possession of Weapons for Unlawful Purpose Lawyer
If you have something that you illegally use as a weapon, you can be charged with this crime in addition to the charge of Possession of the Weapon. The item may itself be an item that is commonplace and legally owned, like a baseball bat or a kitchen knife. It is how you used that item that turned the use of the item into an unlawful purpose. Swinging the bat at another person in an effort to hit them with it would constitute the unlawful purpose to use the bat as a club to hurt that other person.
If you are charged with the possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, consult with a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense lawyer to learn what your options are to defend your freedom. Contact Howard Bailey at 973-982-1200 for a free consultation.
Defending a Charge of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose
The most common defense is to develop a reason for why you needed to have the item with you, and that it was not your intent to harm anyone with the item. In a recent case, Howard Bailey successfully convinced the prosecutor that the client did not have the car she was driving for the unlawful purpose of hitting her boyfriend. It was undisputed that the client’s car hit the ‘victim’s car, but it was also proven that the boyfriend had swerved in front of the client and then jammed on his breaks to force her to stop. Therefore the impact was something that the boyfriend caused. If possible, the successful defense needs to be able to establish that it was not the intent of the client to hurt anyone, or to use the item in an unlawful or illegal manner.
Weapon Possession and Possession for an Unlawful Purpose
If you are charged with these types of weapon offenses, discuss your defense strategy with your lawyer to determine what investigative actions will help to support your defense. It is important to develop a strong defense to these and any other charges filed as a result of the incident as soon as possible, so the defense does not look like it was made up at the last minute after you are already in court. If you are charged in NJ with any crime related to weapons possession, consult immediately with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Call Howard Bailey if you are faced with a charge of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, at 973-982-1200 for a free consultation.