Our very own, Attorney Christopher G. Porreca, recently represented a defendant
charged with the illegal possession of a handgun. Under the newly revised
New Jersey Graves Act, the defendant could have faced a least 3 years
in prison for the offense, but through Attorney Porreca’s skilled
defense, the punishment was drastically reduced. In addition to the firearms
charges, the defendant also faced charges for drug possession, which the
State agreed to dismiss altogether.
According to the New Jersey Graves Act, any individual who unlawfully possesses
a machine gun, handgun, rifle, or shotgun is subject to a mandatory imprisonment
and parole ineligibility. The defendant was driving through the New Jersey
area with a pistol in his backseat, loaded with illegal ammunition. Along
with the firearm, the defendant was also found in possession of numerous
controlled dangerous substances, including heroin, methamphetamine, and
Individuals found breaking the New Jersey Graves Act are typically subject
to at least 3 years in state prison before they are eligible for parole.
However, after much negotiation with the prosecutors, Attorney Porreca
was able to secure a “downward departure” from the statutory
mandatory minimum penalty. As a result, the defendant’s penalty
was reduced from a mandatory minimum period of parole ineligibility from
3 years to 1 year. The state also agreed to drop all drug charges.
If you are facing criminal charges, including those in violation of the
New Jersey Graves Act, Attorney Porreca may be able to help. He has been
recognized for many honorable awards and publications, including selection in
Super Lawyers® list as a “Rising Star” in the state of New Jersey. Attorney
Porreca is passionate about fighting for the rights and freedoms of his
clients, and he wants to use his legal expertise to help you too.
To request a free consultation, contact The Law Offices of Christopher G. Porreca, P.C.