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Attorney Porreca Defends Client Charged With Illegal Possession of a Firearm

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 marijuana.

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.

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