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NYC Airport Gun Arrests Lawyers

By Spodek Law Group | September 1, 2016
(Last Updated On: January 25, 2024)

Last Updated on: 25th January 2024, 07:15 pm

NYC Airport Gun Arrests Lawyers – Your Guide to Understanding the Law

Getting arrested for having a gun at a NYC airport is no joke. Even if you followed all the rules for transporting your firearm, you can still end up in handcuffs with felony charges. Crazy right?! The problem is New York’s super strict gun laws. They treat innocent travelers like criminals.But don’t worry, there’s good lawyers out there ready to help regular folks like you. Keep reading to learn why these arrests happen and what defenses you have.

Why Do Law-Abiding Gun Owners Get Arrested at NYC Airports?

New York gun laws are cray cray. They don’t recognize concealed carry permits from any other state. So even if you have a valid permit where you live, New York considers you a criminal. Messed up huh?On top of that, New York airports don’t follow TSA guidelines for transporting guns. So you can do everything right according to TSA, but once you land in NYC, bam–you get slammed with felony charges. Crazy!It’s basically a trap. The airports don’t warn people their gun laws are different. Then unsuspecting travelers like you get ambushed at the airport. Not cool!

What Happens When You Get Arrested?

Imagine this nightmare scenario. You fly into JFK or LaGuardia with your firearm properly packed in your checked bag. You go pick up your bag. Then when you try to leave, police arrest you!They confiscate your gun and ammo. You spend a night or two in jail waiting to see a judge. When you go to court, the DA asks for huge bail, like $100k. Who has that kind of money?!Finally you get released and they tell you to come back with a lawyer. Your life is turned upside down over BS charges. All for legally transporting a gun the way TSA said to!

What Laws Are You Breaking in New York?

There’s three main laws that will wreck you at a NYC airport:

  • NYC Administrative Code 10-131 – This bans possession of firearms in certain public locations like airports. Violating it is a misdemeanor but can get you up to a year in jail!
  • NY Penal Law 265.01 – Makes it illegal to possess a firearm without a NY pistol permit. This is a felony with up to 15 years prison time!
  • NY Penal Law 265.02 – If they consider your gun “loaded” (even if no ammo is in it), this makes it a more serious felony with up to 7 years jail time.

See why travelers end up in so much trouble? These laws are no joke. You need an experienced NYC gun crimes lawyer to fight these outrageous charges.

Can a Lawyer Get My Charges Dropped?

Yes! With the right legal strategy, a lawyer can get felony charges reduced or dismissed. For example, in some cases they can get an “ACD” – Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal. This means if you stay out of trouble for 6 months, your charges disappear. Pretty sweet deal!Other defenses lawyers use:

  • You followed TSA regulations – Argue you made an innocent mistake by following TSA/airline rules instead of NY laws. This can show lack of criminal intent.
  • 4th Amendment violations – If police didn’t have probable cause for the arrest or reasonable suspicion for the search, evidence may get thrown out of court.
  • 2nd Amendment challenges – Ongoing lawsuits dispute whether NY gun laws violate the US Constitution. This argument might help your case too.

See, experienced NYC gun crimes lawyers have all sorts of tricks up their sleeve!

How Much Will a Lawyer Cost?

Costs vary but expect to spend around $5k – $15k+ for legal defense. Price depends on experience level of the lawyer, complexity of your charges, whether your case goes to trial, etc.Also consider bail costs. Bail can easily be $10k or more for felony gun charges. But your lawyer may convince the judge to release you without bail.So legal fees are expensive but worth every penny. Spending some money now saves you from paying with years of your freedom!

Finding the Best NYC Airport Gun Arrest Lawyer

With severe penalties on the line, you need a top-notch lawyer in your corner. Look for these credentials:

  • Expertise defending gun cases – Gun laws have complex technical details so you want a lawyer well-versed in them. Make sure they have extensive experience specifically with NYC airport gun arrests.
  • Former prosecutor experience – A lawyer who used to work for the DA’s office brings insider know-how on getting charges reduced or dismissed. They have relationships with judges and prosecutors too.
  • Aggressive litigators – For felony cases, you want confident lawyers who won’t back down from a fight in court. Look for lawyers known as fierce litigators.
  • Good client reviews – Read reviews and see what past clients say. This gives you a good feel for the lawyer’s responsiveness, communication skills, attentiveness to clients, and more.

Finding the right lawyer takes research but it’s worth the effort. The best attorneys can get charges dropped or keep felony convictions off your record. That means saving your freedom and clean record!

Ready to Fight Your Airport Gun Charges?

Getting arrested is a scary ordeal. The legal system moves fast and prosecutors seek harsh punishments against gun owners. Don’t let them steamroll over your rights!Now that you know the laws and defenses, you can make smart choices. Contact a top-rated NYC airport gun arrest lawyer right away. Schedule a free case evaluation. An experienced lawyer can take over fighting these outrageous charges for you.They know every defense strategy to beat the charges and save you from horrific penalties. With an expert by your side, you can rest assured someone has your back. So you can go back to living your normal life again instead of life behind bars!

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