According to authorities, there have been a number of shootings over Easter weekend in Paterson. The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office has reported that a city man has been charged with attempted murder, unlawful possession of a handgun, and possession of a handgun for unlawful purpose. Wayne Smith, 37, allegedly shot a 32 year-old man on East 32nd Street at around 4:33pm on Good Friday. Prosecutors have filed a motion for pretrial detention which is expected to be heard by a judge. Click here to read more at www.patersontimes.com.
The state of New Jersey handles unlawful possession of a weapon charges very seriously and the 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.
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 the entire range of weapons offenses. She is committed to ensuring your rights are protected in court and that you receive the best possible outcome. Contact her office for a free consultation about your case. She is available 24/7 at 862-257-1200.