New York is known for its strict gun laws, so if you are fighting a gun charge, you must hire a skilled attorney and read on to learn more about what you are dealing with. New York breaks gun charges into two categories–misdemeanors and felonies. Each of those categories has subclasses that determine the severity of your crime, and therefore the severity of your punishment. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have:
What are misdemeanor gun crimes in New York?
Class B Misdemeanor
- Unlawful possession of certain ammunition feeding devices
Class A Misdemeanor
You will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor if you are caught with any of the following:
- Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree
- Criminal purchase or disposal of a weapon
- Reported incidents of burn or injury wounds
- Haphazard or careless storage of rifles, shotguns, and firearms
- Unlawful possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device
What are felony gun crimes in New York?
New York courts do not treat those convicted of a felony gun crime lightly, so if you find yourself in this situation, you must hire an experienced attorney as soon as possible. The different types of felony gun charges are broken down into the following categories:
Class E Felony
- Criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds
- Criminal possession of a firearm
Class D Felony
- Criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree
- Criminal sale of a firearm in the third degree
Class C Felony
- Criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree
- Criminal use of a firearm in the second degree
- Criminal sale of a firearm in the second degree
- Criminal sale of a firearm with the aid of a minor
- Criminal sale of a firearm to a minor
- Aggravated criminal possession of a weapon
Class B Felony
- Criminal possession of a dangerous weapon in the first degree
- Criminal use of a firearm in the first degree
- Criminal sale of a firearm in the first degree
Can gun crimes add to a criminal charge?
If you are in possession of a firearm in conjunction with another crime, such as an assault, you will most likely face a far harsher charge of aggravated assault. If you are convicted of larceny and had a weapon on your person, your offense may be upgraded to a robbery. These charges can put you in jail for a long time, so you must not hesitate to contact a seasoned criminal defense attorney as soon as you can.
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