According to authorities, a 24 year-old Bloomfield man was arrested after leading police on a chase through Paterson. According to police director, Jerry Speizale, Adriano Giordano was driving a gray Infiniti G35 on Memorial Drive towards broadway at around 11:00pm on Saturday when a detective observed his broken driver’s side mirror.
When the detective activated his emergency lights, Giordano allegedly pulled over but then accelerated and fled east on Broadway. Giordano lost police, but then eventually struck a Paterson police vehicle and collided into a house on East 24th Street. His vehicle caused the house to catch on fire. Police recovered a loaded SCCY CPX-2 9mm handgun in his jacket pocket. He also allegedly had marijuana and heroin. He was charged with multiple weapons and drug offenses. Click here to read more at www.patersontimes.com.
The state of New Jersey handles unlawful possession of a weapon cases very seriously and penalties can be severe.
Subsections (a), (b), and (c) of the statute are subject to sentencing under the Graves Act, meaning that an individual convicted of such an offense must be sentenced to a term of imprisonment with a minimum term of parole ineligibility fixed at, or between, one-third to one-half of a sentence imposed, or 3 years, whichever is greater.
A crime of the second degree is punishable by a term of imprisonment of between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
A crime of the third degree is punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
A crime of the fourth degree is punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison.
Additionally, in a case such as this, an offender can be charged under the Drugs and Guns Law. The consequences of a Possession of Weapons and Controlled Dangerous Substances conviction can be serious.
If you or a loved one is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, you should contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Former Morris County Prosecutor, Alissa D. Hascup is skilled and experienced at defending countless individuals charged with weapons offenses in towns like Paterson, Clifton, and Wayne. She is committed to ensuring your rights are protected in court. Contact her office for a free consultation about your case. She is available 24/7 at 862-257-1200.