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Facing criminal charges is a frightening experience. Even if you think you've done nothing wrong, trying to talk your way out of a difficult situation with the police can only make things worse. Whether you are accused of drunk driving, fraud or smuggling illegal aliens, talk to a skilled New York criminal defense attorney immediately.

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Weapons Charges

New York Weapons Lawyer

Charged with a Weapons Crime in New York?

Contact an Experienced Defense Attorney at the Law Office of Mark J. Sacco, PLLC

Weapons charges arise in a variety of contexts. Sometimes, having a gun changes the charges associated with some other crime. Sometimes a weapons charge has to do with who possesses the weapon. And some charges have to do with the gun itself. A drug crime will incur stiffer penalties if a weapon such as gun or a knife was involved.

Contact an accomplished New York weapons lawyer at your earliest opportunity if you have been arrested on any charges related to possession or use of weapons.

Felons and Juveniles in Possession

People with felony convictions are not ordinarily allowed to possess firearms. Those who are found to be in violation may be charged under “felon in possession” offense labels. Juveniles face certain restrictions regarding possession of firearms.

Unlawful Possession

Other weapons charges focus on the weapon itself such as owning a handgun with out a permit, possessing an unlicensed gun, failing to follow gun sales regulations, possessing a machine gun or assault weapon, or unlawful possession of a fake or imitation handgun with intention to use it illegally.

Misdemeanors, Felonies; City, State, Federal Crimes Involving Weapons

Gun charges may be misdemeanors or felonies, depending on circumstances. They may be charged as city crimes, state crimes or federal crimes. If you have been charged with a gun-related crime in New York — whether a state crime or a federal crime — seek aggressive, knowledgeable legal counsel to give yourself the greatest likelihood of a favorable outcome.

Mandatory Sentences in Federal Cases

Stakes are high in any criminal matter. This is especially true in federal gun cases, where mandatory minimum sentences may remove any opportunity to negotiate a plea bargain with a prosecutor or judge.

Careers are often derailed or ruined when a weapons charge results in a mandatory prison sentence. This was the case with former New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress who will serve up to two years in prison after being convicted of criminal possession of a weapon.


Was the gun discovered by the police as a result of an illegal search? Seek the most aggressive criminal defense attorney you can find if you have been charged with a weapons crime of any type.

Contact a defense lawyer at the Law Office of Mark J. Sacco, PLLC, to schedule a consultation regarding any gun offense or other weapon-related crime.