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Queens Criminal Sale of a Weapon Lawyers

By Spodek Law Group | July 26, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 17, 2023)

Last Updated on: 17th October 2023, 10:57 pm


Queens Criminal Sale of a Weapon Lawyers

If you have been arrested for criminal sale of a weapon in Queens, New York, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. Criminal sale of a weapon charges are serious felonies that carry steep penalties. But the law provides defenses that a knowledgeable Queens criminal lawyer can use to get charges reduced or dismissed. This article explains Queens criminal sale of a weapon laws, penalties, and potential defenses so you understand what you’re up against and how a lawyer can help.

Queens Criminal Sale of a Weapon Charges

New York law prohibits the manufacture, transport, disposal, and sale of firearms, rifles, shotguns, assault weapons, ammo, explosives, and other dangerous weapons. There are a few different criminal sale of a weapon charges you can face in Queens:

  • Criminal sale of a firearm in the first degree (Class B felony)
  • Criminal sale of a firearm in the second degree (Class C felony)
  • Criminal sale of a firearm in the third degree (Class D felony)
  • Criminal sale of a weapon in the fourth degree (Class A misdemeanor)

The exact charge depends on the type of weapon sold and to whom. Selling an assault weapon, rifle, or shotgun is a more serious felony than selling ammo or stun guns. And selling to a minor under 16 or someone who has a criminal record also leads to higher charges. Queens prosecutors tend to pursue these cases aggressively.

Criminal Sale of a Weapon Penalties

If convicted of criminal sale of a weapon in Queens, you face these potential penalties:

  • First degree: 3.5 to 15 years in prison
  • Second degree: 3 to 15 years in prison
  • Third degree: 2 to 7 years in prison
  • Fourth degree: Up to 1 year in jail

Prosecutors often seek the maximum or near-maximum prison sentences in these cases to set an example. But a skilled Queens criminal defense lawyer can argue for leniency and a better outcome, even avoiding jail altogether in some cases.

Defenses to Criminal Sale of a Weapon

There are a number of effective defenses a knowledgeable Queens criminal sale of a weapon attorney can raise on your behalf. Some examples include:

  • You didn’t “sell” the weapon – If you didn’t receive money or benefit, then it wasn’t a sale. For example, temporary transfers or loans may not qualify as a sale under the law.
  • Entrapment – If an undercover cop pressured you into committing a weapon sale you wouldn’t have done otherwise, you may have been entrapped.
  • Misidentification – Eyewitnesses make mistakes. If the evidence identifying you is weak, your lawyer can challenge it.
  • Illegal search – If police searched you or your property illegally and found a weapon, the evidence may be suppressed.

An experienced Queens criminal defense lawyer will thoroughly analyze the evidence against you, visit the crime scene, challenge the DA’s case, and build an aggressive defense to get your charges reduced or dismissed. Don’t leave your fate to chance. The stakes are too high.

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