The charge of Possessing Weapons for Unlawful Purposes is a relatively vague charge, especially if considered on its own.
To be convicted, the state has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were in possession of a weapon, and that it was intended to be used for, or was used for, an unlawful purpose.
When it comes to firearms, the possession of a handgun in New Jersey, without a recognizably lawful purpose for possessing the gun, can be charged as a Second Degree crime, carrying a sentence of five to ten years.
Typically, if you’ve been charged with Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes, there are other charges attached, and your risk of significant jail time is very high.
Don’t take chances with your future. Call attorney Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9661 for a free consultation with one of New Jersey’s most experienced criminal defense attorneys.