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New Jersey weapons offenses 4: Lawful weapon, unlawful purpose?

Have you been arrested because you were holding a realistic-looking toy gun? Facing charges for having a community gun? You may have been charged under New Jersey Statute 2C:39-4 - possession of weapons for unlawful purposes.

Felony DUI under New Jersey law

In most cases, those who are charged with a DUI are charged with a misdemeanor. However, it is possible that the charge could be elevated to a felony if certain criteria are met. For instance, those who have a blood alcohol content level significantly higher than .08 percent may be charged with a felony. Those who have been convicted of DUI in the past may also face harsher penalties for a new charge even if they have only been charged once in the past 10 years.

New Jersey weapons offenses 3: Certain persons can't have weapons

Recently, we've been discussing what sorts of things New Jersey considers to be weapon crimes. As we've mentioned before, there are four main types of weapon offenses under New Jersey law, not including charges arising because a weapon was used in the commission of another crime. We've already discussed two types -- possession of weapons that are prohibited altogether, and possessing weapons without the appropriate licenses or permits. Today, we'll go over the third type: possession of weapons by people who can't legally have them.

BAC level and DWI charges

A person who consumes any amount of alcohol and then operates a vehicle in New Jersey could potentially be charged for drunk driving. Although the legal blood alcohol concentration limit for driving is .08 percent, the law allows a person to be prosecuted for drunk driving even when their BAC is below the statutory limit.

New Jersey weapons offenses 2: Unlawful possession of a weapon

We began our last post with a general discussion of what is considered a weapon crime under the laws of New Jersey. Keeping in mind that there are also federal laws regulating weapons, there are four main groups of weapon crimes in New Jersey. The first group included laws prohibiting certain weapons altogether. This second group of offenses involves weapons that you need a permit to lawfully own.

What is considered a weapon-related offense in New Jersey?

Whatever you may think of the Second Amendment, we all understand that some behavior with weapons can and should be against the law. Most people would also agree that certain people, such as people with certain dangerous mental illnesses, shouldn't have access to deadly weapons. To prevent unnecessary tragedies both the federal government and most states have passed laws to create a class of crimes called weapon offenses.

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