According to authorities, a Paterson man has been arrested for allegedly shooting a man on Dixon Avenue. The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office reported that 45 year-old Sultan Woodford wounded the 40 year-old victim at around 10:27pm on Sunday. Police found the victim suffering from the gunshot wound and he was rushed to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center for treatment. The victim is in critical but stable condition. Woodford was identified and arrested at a nearby residence shortly after the incident. Woodson was charged with attempted murder, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose, certain persons not to have weapons, and aggravated assault. Prosecutors have filed a motion for pretrial detention. Click here to read more at www.patersontimes.com.
The state of New Jersey takes certain persons not to have weapons very seriously. The penalties can be severe. Subsections (a) and (b)2 of the “Certain Persons” 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. Moreover, the statute itself mandates that, in certain circumstances, that term of parole ineligibility will be fixed at 5 years.
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.
If you or a loved one is charged with certain persons not to have a weapon, you should contact a skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. Former Morris County Prosecutor, Alissa D. Hascup has successfully defended countless individuals charged with certain persons not to have a weapon. 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.