Morristown BB Gun AttorneysThe Morris County gun crime defense attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm once again helped a client beat criminal charges and avoid jail. Our client was charged with third degree unlawful possession of a weapon and third degree terroristic threats. The charges stemmed from an alleged violent incident in Morristown, NJ, with prosecutors claiming that our client used a BB gun.

The criminal charges against the client were very serious and he faced a potential prison sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison. Fortunately, he had the experienced criminal defense lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm on his side. We diligently reviewed the case and managed to get our client admitted into Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI), an alternative sentencing program that allows entrants to have their charges dismissed after meeting certain requirements.

BB Gun Charges in Morris County, NJ

It may hard to believe, but BB guns are considered firearms in New Jersey. According to N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4(b)(2), it is illegal to possess a handgun that is in the nature of an air gun, spring gun or pistol or other weapon of a similar nature in which the propelling force is a spring, elastic band, carbon dioxide, compressed or other gas or vapor, air or compressed air, or is ignited by compressed air, and ejecting a bulled or missile smaller than three-eighths of an inch in diameter, with sufficient force to injure a person. The possession of such weapon is a crime of the third degree in the State of New Jersey.

As for terroristic threat charges, which our client initially faced, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3(a) stipulates that a person is guilty of a crime of the third degree if he threatens to commit any crime of violence with the purpose to terrorize another or to cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly, or facility of public transportation, or otherwise to cause serious public inconvenience, or in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience.

In the case of our Morristown NJ client, the potential consequences of a guilty conviction included prison time of 3-5 years, a fine of up to $15,000, and a permanent record of the criminal conviction. That’s why it was so important for him to have a skilled criminal defense attorney representing him throughout the legal process.

If you are facing criminal charges such as the unlawful possession of a weapon or terroristic threats, contact the seasoned Morristown NJ gun charge lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm to learn more about how we can defend your case. Our attorneys are available now to assist you. We can discuss your case over the phone or schedule a free consultation.

Chatham Township Weapons Offense LawyersPolice officers recently arrested a man who allegedly used a rifle to fire a gunshot into an empty vehicle parked in Chatham Township, New Jersey.

The suspect allegedly committed the crime around 2:30 a.m. The suspect reportedly lost control of his vehicle, a limousine, and crashed the limo into a curb in Chatham, NJ. The suspect then allegedly used a rifle to fire a gunshot.

The bullet reportedly hit a car parked in the driveway of a home located on Susan Drive in Chatham Township, NJ.

The suspect, a 69-year-old resident of Chatham Township, used to be a doctor in the Ukraine and currently operates a limousine company in New Jersey.

The suspect has now been charged with multiple weapons offenses, including unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a loaded rifle for an unlawful purpose.

The suspect also faces charges for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) because police said that he was heavily intoxicated at the time of the arrest.

Detectives with the Chatham Township Police Department are actively investigating the alleged shooting incident.

For additional information about this case, read the article, “Limo Driver Reportedly Charged with Shooting Empty Car While Drunk.”

Drew University Shooting ScareMadison NJ police officers arrested a Drew University student who allegedly told several people that he possessed a handgun on campus.

The suspect, an 18-year-old student at Drew University in Madison NJ, was reportedly highly intoxicated when he started knocking on doors in Foster Hall at 2:30 a.m. Foster Hall is a main residence hall at Drew University. When students opened their doors, the suspect allegedly told them that he had a gun.

Someone notified the Madison Police Department, which dispatched cops to the college campus. Shortly after arrival, Madison police located the suspect and arrested him.

A search of the suspect did not turn up a handgun or any other kind of weapon.

Despite the fact that the suspect did not have a firearm, he was still charged with creating a false public alarm and disorderly conduct.

Additionally, the suspect was charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest because he allegedly struck three cops while they were processing him at Madison police headquarters.

For more information about this case, see the article, “Drew University Student Caused Gun Scare in Dorm, Attacked Police, Cops Say.”

Parsippany New Jersey Criminal LawyersParsippany-Troy Hills residents got quite a scare when an explosive device recently went off on a local street.

A number of residents in a Parsippany neighborhood dialed 911 shortly after 9:00 p.m. and alerted the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department to a loud noise triggered by an explosion. When Parsippany NJ police officers arrived in the neighborhood, they quickly located evidence of an explosive device. The remnants of the explosive device were found near the intersection of Allentown Road and Marmora Road, with law enforcement officials later describing the device as “rudimentary” and “small.”

The good news is that no one appeared to be in the area of the device when it exploded, so there were no injuries to report.

Parsippany authorities are investigating the explosion, but law enforcement is not yet providing many details about their investigation into the incident.

If and when investigators are able to determine the identity of the person, or persons, who set off the explosion, that individual would likely have to answer a lot of questions. Depending on the circumstances, it is possible that the person responsible for the explosive device going off will be criminally charged with threat crimes and/or weapons offenses and face significant penalties.

Any members of the public with information about the explosion are asked to contact Parsippany detectives NJ at 973-263-4311 or to call the Morris County CrimeStoppers tip line at 973-COP-CALL.

To learn more about this incident, access the New Jersey News 12 article, “Police Probe Explosive Device Detonated in Parsippany-Troy Hills.”

Franklin Township Handgun LawyersFranklin Township NJ police officers arrested two men who were allegedly in possession of firearms at a local Wal-Mart.

According to authorities, the suspects were inside the Wal-Mart store located on Route 23 in Franklin NJ and “broadcasting themselves handling various weapons.” The Franklin Township Police Department received calls about the suspects and dispatched cops to the scene.

When Franklin NJ officers arrived at the Wal-Mart store, they found the suspects and conducted a search. That search allegedly resulted in police finding a 9mm automatic handgun, a large-capacity ammunition magazine, a 30-round polymer magazine, various hollow-point bullets, and a gold set of brass knuckles.

The suspects, 19-year-old residents of Macon, Georgia, were reportedly in New Jersey as part of a traveling maintenance company.

Both suspects face criminal charges for multiple weapons offenses, including unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of hollow-point bullets, possession of a large-capacity ammunition magazine, and possession of a weapon other than a firearm.

On top of that, one of the suspects also faces criminal charges for making terroristic threats. That’s because reportedly threatened to murder one of the arresting officers after being detained.

The suspects were arrested, processed, and transported to the Sussex County Jail. They were being held at the jail in lieu of bail amounts ranging from $25,000 to $35,000.

For more information about this case, see the article, “Pair Arrested in N.J. Wal-Mart after Brandishing Guns on Social Media.”

Washington Township NJ Imitation Firearm AttorneysWashington Township NJ police arrested an individual who allegedly possessed illegal drugs and possessed an airsoft gun while driving through Califon, NJ.

According to law enforcement officials, the suspect was driving a car on a road in Califon New Jersey when a Washington Township patrol cop saw him commit a moving violation. Washington Township NJ police officers are routinely patrol Califon just past the borough’s border with Hunterdon County.

The police officer in this case got closer to the car and reportedly noticed that the suspect was probably under the influence of marijuana. The Washington Township police officer also reportedly spotted the suspect trying to hide a stash of marijuana inside the vehicle.

When police later searched the car, they allegedly found two bags of marijuana and two bags of cocaine.

Additionally, police also allegedly discovered the suspect with a paintball gun holstered to his sock.

The suspect is a 20-year-old man who lives in Oxford, New Jersey. He was placed under arrest and charged with several crimes, including unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of cocaine, and simple possession of marijuana.

The Washington Township Police Department issued an announcement about the arrest and also posted a photo of the seized airsoft gun on the police department’s Facebook page. The image of the imitation firearm was accompanied by another image of an actual handgun. Washington Township police hope to educate the public about how difficult it can be for a police officer to recognize an imitation firearm and distinguish it from an actual firearm.

After being arrested and charged, the suspect was taken to the Somerset County Jail. He later secured posted $10,000 bail and was released with a summons to appear in court to address the criminal charges against him.

For more information about this case, see the article, “Washington Twp. Cops: Gun Arrest Could Have Gone Bad.”

Morristown NJ Threat Crime LawyersThe Morristown mayor recently spoke with the media and openly questioned why the main suspect in a bomb scare at a local Starbucks has managed to avoid criminal prosecution.

The scary incident occurred at a Starbucks coffee shop in Morristown, NJ. The suspect reportedly walked into the store after 2:00 p.m. and yelled, “There’s no bombs in here” loud enough for store employees to hear him. The suspect then allegedly dropped two bags on the ground and ran out of the coffee shop.

The store employees dialed 911 and contacted the Morristown Police Department, which dispatched police officers to the scene. When Morristown NJ cops got to the Starbucks, they found two suspicious bags on the floor of the coffee shop. Members of the Morris County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad then investigated, while Morristown police closed the downtown area.

It was later determined that the bags did not contain bombs and did not pose a safety threat.
Police officers later apprehended the suspect and took him to Morristown NJ police headquarters, where detectives interviewed him. He was later released from police custody without being criminally charged.

Now Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty is publicly asking why the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office declined to charge the suspect. Dougherty said that prosecutors, not police officers, ultimately decided not to arrest the suspect for making terroristic threats.

For further information about this case, check out the article, “Mayor Calls Lack of Charges in Morristown Bomb Scare ‘Inexcusable.’”

Rockaway Township Bank Robbery LawyersPolice officers recently apprehended a man who allegedly robbed several banks in Morris County and Camden County, NJ.

The suspect has been accused of robbing a Morris County bank earlier this month, as well as three Camden County banks in the next few weeks. The Morris County bank that the suspect allegedly robbed is a TD Bank in Rockaway Township, New Jersey.

While allegedly committing the bank robberies, the suspect reportedly held a handgun and threatened to shoot and kill bank employees if they failed to give him cash.

Law enforcement investigated all of the NJ bank robberies, with investigators obtaining surveillance video footage that reportedly showed the suspect in the process of robbing the banks located in Camden County, NJ.

While authorities investigated the New Jersey bank thefts, the suspect reportedly robbed two more banks in Pennsylvania.

Police eventually identified the suspect and found him walking on the 1900 block of South 19th Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Camden County Prosecutor’s Office detectives and members of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force ultimately apprehended the suspect.

The 34-year-old suspect, who resides in Leominster, Massachusetts, has been charged with several counts of armed robbery. The suspect has also been charged with multiple weapons offenses in connection with the bank robberies.

For more information about this case, check out the article, “Serial Bank Robber Who Hit Banks in N.J., Penn., Caught in Philadelphia.”

Morristown NJ Handgun Possession AttorneysA Morristown New Jersey man has been sentenced to five years behind bars after pleading guilty to charges of illegally possessing a handgun that may have been used in a shooting.

The suspect, a 25-year-old resident of Morristown NJ, was allegedly apprehended while carrying a handgun used in a shooting incident on Lincoln Street in January 2014. Authorities later said that the shooting may have occurred in the immediate aftermath of an illegal drug deal.

Morris County prosecutors initially charged the suspect with attempted murder and various weapons offenses for allegedly using to the firearm to shoot the victim in the leg.

Sometime after being formally charged in the case, the suspect arrived at a plea deal with Morris County NJ prosecutors. In exchange for the suspect pleading guilty to charges of unlawful possession of a weapon, prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence of five years in New Jersey State Prison.

At some point prior to sentencing, however, the suspect reportedly considered withdrawing his guilty plea. He claimed that he had been pressured into the agreement by his criminal defense attorney. In the end, the suspect told the Morris County Superior Court judge that he did not wish to withdraw his plea of guilty.

The suspect did attempt to get his sentence downgraded during the sentencing hearing in Morris County Superior Court, which is located in Morristown, NJ. The suspect said that his father and sister, both of whom were injured in a car accident, needed him at home to care for them.

The judge ultimately decided to sentence to suspect to five years in state prison, with a minimum mandatory term of incarceration of 42 months before the suspect is eligible for parole.

For additional information about this case, see the article, “Morristown Man Gets Five Years Prison for Having Handgun in Town.”

Morris County Criminal Defense Lawyers Fight Gun Charges

Morristown NJ Imitation Firearm AttorneysThe criminal defense attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm recently defended a client against criminal charges for unlawful possession of a weapon.

Our client was an 18-year-old man accused of possessing an airsoft gun. He did not have any prior criminal history. Moreover, he suffers from developmental and learning disabilities and goes to a special school that provides assistance for these physical and mental difficulties. On the night of his arrest, the client was sitting in a car outside his friend’s home in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. The client’s friend, a 16-year-old boy, was in the vehicle and had an airsoft gun on him.

What most people don’t realize about airsoft guns (as well as BB guns and pellet guns) is that it is illegal to possess these types of imitation firearms without a proper permit. In this regard, imitation firearms are just like real firearms. Airsoft guns can typically be purchased at flea markets and sporting goods stores. However, it is important to keep in mind that the easy availability of imitation firearms does not change the fact that it is still illegal to possess an imitation firearm in New Jersey without a valid firearms ID card. This is what complicated things for our client and resulted in him being charged with a felony for unlawful possession of a weapon. Worse yet, a conviction could have resulted in the client being sentenced to 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.

The client’s father hired Travis J. Tormey and the Tormey Law Firm LLC to handle the case and defend his son. Our experienced legal team immediately got to work helping the client fight the very serious firearms possession charges. First, we convinced the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office to downgrade the gun charge to a lesser offense: disorderly conduct, which is classified as a petty disorderly persons offense, not a felony. This meant that the case was transferred out of the Essex County Superior Court and remanded back to Cedar Grove Municipal Court.

After getting the criminal charges downgraded, our skilled attorneys met with the local municipal prosecutor and the police officer who initially issued the complaint. We explained the client’s medical condition and highlighted the fact that the airsoft gun was never pointed at anyone or used at any point during the incident. The prosecutor and the police officer ultimately agreed to dismiss the case as a result of our client’s medical condition and the circumstances of the case.

This was a fantastic result for our client and a tremendous victory for the Tormey Law Firm. We are now working to get the client’s arrest expunged, which will clear the incident from his permanent record.