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New York has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Possession of a firearm without a license is punishable by up to one year in jail. When the person has a prior criminal conviction, he or she can be charged with a Class D felony. If the gun is loaded, you can be charged with a Class C felony. If you have been charged with illegal possession of a gun or the illegal sale of a firearm, you need a strong and effective defense effort.
Norman Mattar is a Criminal Defense Lawyer with more than 25 years of experience in the criminal courts of Western New York. Aggressive and determined, Mr. Mattar will work tirelessly to defend your rights and freedom.
Call us today at 716-633-4300 for a free consultation.
Protecting your Fourth Amendment rights
The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects from unreasonable searches. If the police violated that provision when discovering the weapon in question, it may be possible to suppress that evidence, greatly weakening the prosecution’s case and opening the door to the possible dismissal of the charge.
Buffalo Criminal Defense Attorney Norman Mattar has a comprehensive understanding of the law regarding unreasonable searches and seizures, constructive possession and other critical aspects of Federal and New York State law. Whenever possible, he will seek to suppress evidence that has been illegally obtained and obtain a dismissal of charges.
As a client of our law firm, you will have a strong advocate on your side, working hard to obtain the best possible outcome for you.
Are you a felon charged with possession of a firearm?
If you are a Convicted Felon, the penalties for Possession of a Weapon can be very severe. You may be subject to mandatory minimum sentencing laws that would result in a lengthy prison sentence.
For more than 25 years, Lawyer Norman Mattar has defended people accused of gun charges such as Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon in Buffalo and Western New York. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and explain your options.
Felony gun possession has serious sentencing consequences
As a Convicted Felon, you cannot legally possess a gun in New York. You can be charged with Possession of a Firearm even if the gun was not in your actual possession. For example, you could be charged with having “Constructive Possession” of the weapon if it was in your car or your home.
Possession of a Firearm by a Felon may be subject to a mandatory minimum prison sentence. For example, under a Federal Law known as the Armed Career Criminal Act, you could be subject to a minimum prison sentence of 15 years if you Possess a Firearm and have three prior criminal convictions.
What are the defenses for felony gun possession?
Defenses in your case may revolve around how police came into contact with you and seized the weapon. You have Constitutional Rights, and if the police violated those rights, the evidence may be suppressed and the charges dismissed.
If the state has a marginal case, the prosecutor may be willing to negotiate a favorable plea bargain. For example, if the weapon was found in your car and several passengers had access to it, it may be difficult for the police to prove that you had Constructive Possession. Rather than prosecute a weak case, the state may reduce or dismiss the charges.
Contact a Buffalo Gun Lawyer
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