Gun Crimes

NJ Gun Crimes Lawyer

Helping Clients Stay Out of Prison for Handgun Charges in New Jersey

New Jersey gun laws are some of the toughest in the country, subjecting those arrested on even minor weapons offenses to many years in prison. Your life could be destroyed by a gun crime conviction – even if you are a first-time offender. That is why anyone charged with illegal possession of a handgun, unlawful possession of a weapon, or any other gun crime in New Jersey needs a knowledgeable NJ gun crimes lawyer handling their criminal defense. More than that, if you have been charged with a gun crime in NJ, you need an accomplished attorney who understands how prosecutors think and who can anticipate exactly what the prosecution will do in your NJ weapons offense case.

Do you face gun charges in Hackensack, Paramus, Fort Lee, or anywhere else in New Jersey? Contact gun crimes attorney Frank T. Luciano now to get the strong criminal defense you deserve.

What Are the Most Common Gun Crime Charges in NJ?

Frank T. Luciano is a skilled New Jersey criminal defense lawyer with extensive experience representing clients in weapons offense cases. Mr. Luciano helps clients fight all types of NJ gun crime charges, including:

How Severe Are the Penalties for Gun Crimes in New Jersey?

The difference between being charged with a disorderly persons offense (i.e., misdemeanor) or criminal (i.e., felony) weapons offense in New Jersey is significant. NJ gun crimes are classified as a crime, as opposed to a disorderly persons offense. This means that the gun cases are heard by either a judge or jury in the Superior Court – and the consequences of a conviction can be devastating for the defendant. The New Jersey Graves Act dictates that a person convicted of certain gun crime charges is subject to a mandatory minimum term of incarceration in NJ state prison, as well as heavy fines and a criminal record that can be difficult to expunge. By contrast, a conviction for a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey often results in no jail time and relatively minor fines.

Here is a breakdown of the degrees and penalties that a defendant could potentially face in a New Jersey weapons crime case:

  • First Degree Crime: 10-20 years in prison
  • Second Degree Crime: 5-10 years in prison
  • Third Degree Crime: 3-5 years in prison

The good news is that a veteran NJ criminal defense attorney may be able to get your gun crime charges downgraded or even dismissed entirely. Depending on the exact charge you face and the specific facts and circumstances of your weapons offense case, it might be possible to persuade the prosecutor to reduce the gun crime charges to a lesser offense, to negotiate probation instead of jail time, or to get you admitted into a diversionary program like Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) that eventually removes the charges from your permanent record. In the best case, it might be possible to get the criminal charges against you dismissed before trial. Anyone charged with a gun crime in New Jersey should speak with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to explore all their legal options. (And it is important to talk to an attorney before making any statements to the prosecutor or police.)

How to Challenge Your Paramus Gun Crime Charges

Whether you’ve been charged with a criminal weapons offense under New Jersey law or a federal gun crime under federal law, the consequences of a conviction could be life altering. You may be looking at a lengthy period of incarceration, heavy monetary penalties, a permanent criminal record, and other costs that include loss of your job, home, and family. It is crucial that you speak with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who possesses a deep understanding of the intricacies of both NJ gun crime laws and federal gun crime laws.

New Jersey gun crimes lawyer Frank T. Luciano has decades of experience providing aggressive criminal defense for individuals who have been charged with NJ weapons offenses like illegal possession of a handgun, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and certain persons offenses. He is a longtime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as well as other criminal law associations in New Jersey. When you hire Mr. Luciano for your gun crime case, his top priority will be helping you beat your charges. For a better understanding of what you can expect from Mr. Luciano, visit the Client Testimonials section on this website.

Schedule a Free Consultation with Fort Lee Gun Crimes Attorney Frank T. Luciano

Have you been arrested and charged with a gun crime in New Jersey? Then it is absolutely imperative that you have an experienced gun crimes attorney on your side and helping you to stay out of prison. Frank T. Luciano has represented these clients throughout the state, including Bergen County, Passaic County, and Hudson County. Call or email Mr. Luciano today to discuss your NJ gun crime case and start building a winning defense.

Our Client Testimonials

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"Mr. Luciano freed my mind of anxiety right from the start. A consummate professional. He explained all options on defense and guided me to the one I followed with excellent results. Best of all, he is reasonable. Relax and let his knowledge (the magic) work."


From a former client

"First thing I want to tell is that I thank God for giving me the opportunity to meet such a wonderful person like you and without question, the best lawyer in this world. I am very grateful for everything you did for me. I want to let you know that I'm doing good and if you ever think of coming to . . . for vacation don't forget to contact me. Thanks again Mr. Luciano and please say hello to that kind lady that answers the phone with pleasure every time I called."


From a former client with a First Degree Distribution Charge

"In my distraction focusing on my . . . trial, I failed to ask you how things went with . . . I watched and learned from you throughout that case and greatly admire the consummsate attorney that I hoped to emulate. I witnessed how very hard you worked and how you left no stone unturned. I hope the case worked out for you and your clients. If it did not (and I hope it did) it was not for lack of the effect on your part which was humbling."


From an adversary in a case where we ultimately returned a verdict of $2,069,000

"My family and I would like to thank you for all of your hard work on my case. I feel like I can live my life normally again and it feels awesome. You are truly a professional and wonderful attorney."


From a former client charged with a serious weapons offense

"At the time, I was mortified because, having only worked against you in the Prosecutor’s Office, I couldn’t picture being on the same side. Frank, I want to thank you for the pleasure of having worked with you over the past years. I have learned a great deal from you. Most importantly, I learned that cases were not always as black and white as I thought they were when I worked for the Prosecutor’s Office. You are a wonderful attorney who not only works hard, but also cares deeply about his clients. Frank, I think you are the best."


From a former investigator of a county prosecutor’s office and retired private investigator

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