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Mr. Oliver, one of the firms founding partners, represented a client that was arrested and charged with among other things possession of a handgun and possession of hallow point bullets. The charges stemmed from a motor vehicle stop where it was alleged that the client was speeding. Since the client was from out of state the officers began questioning him with regards to where he was coming from and heading too. During the questioning, the client admitted that located inside his vehicle was a handgun. As a result of his admissions, the Defendant was removed from his vehicle and a search was conducted. The search revealed a 9mm handgun and to make matters worse, the gun was determined to be loaded with hallow point bullets.
Based on their findings, the client was charged with an individual who was charged with the unlawful possession of a weapon, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5b which is a crime of the second degree and possession of hallow nose bullets, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3f, which is a crime of the fourth degree. The handgun charge falls under the Graves Act in New Jersey. The Graves Act in essence requires a Defendant to serve not only a mandatory term of incarceration but the term must also be subject to a parole ineligibility period as well. So at a minimum, the Defendant was facing five (5) years in prison with a forty-two parole ineligibility period. Read More