New York Weapons Possession Lawyers
New York Weapons Possession Lawyers
Mayo Bartlett is a New York Weapons Defense Lawyer who has the experience and dedication that you or your loved one needs on their side when facing charges of criminal possession of a weapon, and weapon related charges. Mayo is a former Westchester County Prosecutor who served more than 10 years in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office in White Plains New York, and he was selected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers, and recognized as a Super Lawyer. Mayo has also been a Gun Defense Lawyer since 2003, and he has a thorough understanding of police procedure from years spent working with officers and detectives in White Plains and throughout Westchester County, New York City and the Hudson Valley. Mayo has handled thousands of criminal cases, and has successfully had many violent felony charges reduced to misdemeanors, or had them dismissed entirely. Mayo has obtained a verdict of not guilty for a variety of violent charges that would have resulted in sentences of decades, and sometimes life in prison.
Mayo Bartlett has extensive experience in New York State and Federal Courts, and he is familiar with every aspect of handling cases involving Criminal Possession of Weapon from the investigative stage through trial. Our criminal defense team works frequently with private investigators and forensic experts to provide you with the best defense.
While many people focus on the Second Amendment when defending weapons possession cases, we fully explore issues of Fourth Amendment Search and Seizure, as well as other constitutional remedies that may benefit you in your effort to preserve your freedom. Toward that end, we recently achieved dismissal of gun and weapons charges in a multiple count indictment where our client was facing 15 years or more in prison. The only charge which remained was a traffic ticket.
Mayo Bartlett successfully defended an ERPO, or Red Flag Law case which involved the seizure of dozens of semi-automatic weapons, and ultimately led to multiple felony charges against our client. Upon a review of the ERPO petition and the discovery in the criminal case, our Weapons Possession Team was able to establish that warrants issued were based upon insufficient evidence. As a consequence, the ERPO was withdrawn and the criminal case was ultimately resolve with a non criminal resolution that is now sealed. We don’t simply look for an expeditious plea, we thoroughly review the facts of your case. We discuss those facts with you, then we discus possible resolutions with you to help you make the best decision about how to resolve your case.
Weapons charges are among the most politically divisive criminal charges, and New York State has some of the most severe gun laws in the nation. It is often the policy of prosecutors to hold defendants as charged on gun cases, and to request state prison for loaded unlicensed handguns, even when it is the defendant’s first criminal offense. It is also imperative that you are aware that a conviction of an infraction, a violation, or a crime, may have significant collateral consequences. A conviction, irrespective of whether it is for a weapons charge, may impact your ability to continue your education, it may result in the loss of your job, and it may lead to your having to move out of your home. A conviction may even lead to your removal from the United States if you are not a citizen. Our New York Weapons Possession Lawyers will discuss potential collateral consequences with you to help you make an informed decision regarding how to handle your matter.
Weapons Possession Cases
More and more often, people are being arrested in New York on minor weapons charges. Gun crimes are and have long been popular in New York courts, but we are now seeing many people arrested for owning knives, black jacks, and other types of weapons. There has also been an increase in the number of people who possess out of state gun permits who get arrested in New York State for Criminal Possession of a Weapon because they were not aware that their permit was not recognized by New York. Our Gun Defense Attorneys recently conducted a hearing to suppress evidence in a gun case where the police conducted an automobile stop of our client, and used the traffic stop as a pretext to search his car for weapons. The court ruled in our favor and weapons were suppressed.
At the Law Offices of Mayo Bartlett, PLLC., our legal team has experience in all kinds of weapon charges. Mayo Bartlett has been involved in the New York criminal system for more than 10 years as a prosecutor and now as a defense attorney. We serve all of the boroughs of New York City, as well as Rockland County, Putnam County, Dutchess County, Ulster County, Westchester County, and more. Contact us for a consultation.
Types of Weapon Possession Charges
Each state has its own laws concerning weapon crimes. In New York, it is a misdemeanor to own a gravity knife, or a switchblade. Simple Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree is a Class A Misdemeanor which is punishable by up to one year in jail. It also carries the possibility of up to three years probation. Probation conditions may be harsh, and often include travel restrictions, limiting the probationer’s movement to the county where he or she resides.
Illegal weapons include, but are not limited to the following:
- Unlicensed Firearms
- Switchblade knifes
- Billy clubs
- Metal knuckles
- Chuka sticks
- Cane swords
You may be charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon even if you possess an ordinary item and use it as a weapon. For example, if you pick up a shoe with an intention to use it unlawfully against another person, you could be arrested on a weapons charge because you used the shoe as a dangerous instrument.
You may be charges under New York Penal Law 265.04 Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the First Degree if you possess any explosive substance with intent to use the same unlawfully against the person or property of another; or if you possess ten or more firearms. Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the First Degree is a Class B Felony, and it carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.
If you have prior felony convictions, you may face a higher sentence.
Our Weapons Possession criminal defense team consists of experienced attorneys, forensic experts and private investigators with law enforcement experience. We will carefully scrutinize all of the allegations against you and we will present evidence of your innocence to to prosecutor in an effort to avoid charges if they have not already been filed, or to get filed charges reduced or dismissed. Let us help you.
Weapons Possession cases are particularly difficult in Westchester County New York. Our Westchester criminal possession of a weapon lawyers have handled thousands of weapons possession cases. Among the most difficult cases to defend in Westchester are gun cases. Our Westchester gun defense lawyers handle these matters carefully, with the goal of helping you to maintain your freedom. Even celebrities like Plaxico Burruss have found themselves in prison for criminal possession of a weapon. Our criminal defense attorneys will work with you to ensure the best possible defense in theses serious cases.
With offices located in the Westchester Financial Center which is one block from the White Plains Train Station and bus depot, and two blocks from the Westchester County Court, our criminal defense team handles felonies in Federal Court, as well as New York State Courts in New York City, Westchester County, including White Plains, Yonkers, Mount Vernon, Rye, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Dobbs Ferry, Armonk, Chappaqua, Greenburgh, Elmsford, Valhalla, New Rochelle, Bronxville, Scarsdale, Mamaroneck, Hartsdale, Peekskill, Harrison, Mount Vernon, Port Chester, Somers, Ossining, Yorktown, Briarcliff, Hastings, Pelham, Croton on Hudson, Cortlandt, Brewster, Southeast, Putnam Valley, Larchmont, Katonah, Mount Kisco, Bedford, New Castle, North Castle, Lewisboro, South Salem, North Salem, Pleasantville, Nyack, Ardsley, Irvington, Larchmont, Tuckahoe, Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Putnam County, Dutchess County, Rockland County, Ulster County and throughout the Hudson Valley.
Mayo appeared almost every week on a legal panel featured on Richard French Live which is available on WRNN. The show was taped live every Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 7:00 p.m. and airs throughout New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, including the five boroughs of New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, the Washington DC Metro Area, Dallas, Houston, San Fransisco, Los Angeles and Hawaii.
If you or someone you know is facing allegations of Weapons Possession Crimes, don’t hesitate. Contact Mayo Bartlett now to begin the fight to keep your freedom.
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