The Graves Act carries serious consequences. Whether you are from New Jersey or were visiting from out of state with a firearm you are licensed to carry in your home state, the potential penalties associated with a Graves Act offense make it crucial that you speak with a skilled attorney as soon possible.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of John J. Zarych are here when you need us. Our knowledgeable attorneys are accessible 24 hours a day with offices conveniently located in Northfield, Cape May, Wildwood and Atlantic City. We are well-known in the Atlantic and Cape May county courthouses and respected for our advocacy.
At the Law Offices of John J. Zarych, we are committed to providing every client with an aggressive and thorough defense. We maintain good communication with our clients throughout their cases and provide clear guidance on what to expect. To schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers call our firm at (609) 616-4956 or reach us online.
Penalties Under the Graves Act
The New Jersey Graves Act was created in 1981 to severely punish individuals accused of weapons offenses. It mandates a minimum three-year prison term for anyone convicted of a crime using a weapon.
There are a number of factors that could influence a potential penalty for a Graves Act offense. Initially the court will look at the underlying offense:
- First-degree crimes — prison sentences may range from 10 to 20 years
- Second-degree crimes — prison sentences may range from five to 10 years
- Third-degree crimes — prison sentences may range from three to five years
- Fourth-degree crimes — incarceration for up to 18 months
If certain aggravating factors are present the potential prison term may be extended.
Many out-of-state residents who have a permit to carry a firearm in their home state are surprised when faced with gun possession charges in New Jersey. A permit in one state does not make it legal to carry a gun in New Jersey. Visitors may find themselves under arrest and facing Graves Act penalties associated with unlawful possession of a firearm.
The Importance of Early Intervention in Graves Act Cases
For anyone facing penalties under the Graves Act, the sooner you speak with a defense attorney, the better. The lawyers at Law Offices of John J. Zarych have extensive experience handling gun charges. We will always look for opportunities to have the underlying charges dismissed. Even if this is not possible, we may be able to minimize the impact of the charges on you. Pretrial intervention and other solutions outside of conviction may be available.
Talk to one of our lawyers today. We are always available, even on holidays. Your initial consultation with us is free. You can contact our firm using our online information form or call toll free at (609) 616-4956.