According to authorities, a 22 year-old man was arrested in Paterson after trying to hide with a handgun under a truck. Police say that Karon Kinion was allegedly speeding in his vehicle and ignoring traffic signs on Mercer and Warren Streets at around 9:30pm on Wednesday. Detective John Traynor got behind the vehicle and the vehicle crashed hitting another parked vehicle. Two people allegedly got out and ran. Traynor chased the driver on foot through Putnam Street. He tried to hide in a driveway under a parked truck. Traynor allegedly observed him placing an object on the frame of a truck. The suspect was ordered to get out from under the truck, he complied, and was then arrested for possession of a handgun which was recovered from under the vehicle frame. Kinion is being held at the Passaic County Jail. Click here to read more at www.patersontimes.com.
The state of New Jersey takes unlawful possession of a weapon charges very seriously and penalties can be severe. The sentencing guidelines are as follows:
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 attorney immediately, especially given the potential jail sentence. 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.