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A Queens Criminal Defense Lawyer Gives Advice on Gun Cases
New York State and more specifically New York City have some of the toughest gun and hand gun laws in the Country. It is very common for people traveling into New York City to be unfamiliar with the gun laws in New York State. If they are not lawyers they probably will not understand that each state and city can have different gun laws.
This mistake frequently occurs is in the two New York Airports. Both Airports are located in Queens County, NY. JFK is in Jamaica, Queens, NY and LaGuardia Airport is located in Flushing NY, which is also in Queens County.
Unfortunately, people do not realize that "out of state gun carry permits" or "out of state gun licenses" do not give them legal authority to carry a handgun in New York State. Therefore, if one is caught with a handgun in NY and you do not have the proper license and, or, permit, you will be charged with Criminal Possession of Weapon. Moreover, you will be charged with a felony and there is a mandatory minimum jail sentence that goes along with the conviction on a Weapons Possession charge. The Queens District Attorneys' Office takes Airport Gun cases very seriously. These cases are extremely difficult to fight; as just the mere illegal possession of the weapon is enough to get a conviction. Usually the person is caught at the metal detector so, it is hard to for the defense to contend that you weren't in possession of the gun. The Office of the District Attorney believes that tough prosecution of gun cases acts as a very strong deterrent and will stop others from bringing guns into New York City, specifically Queens.
That is why it is important to have a Criminal Lawyer who can help you when you have been charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon. Whether you've been detained for possessing a gun in an airport, a knife in a car stop or a switchblade in the subway, each Queens Criminal Lawyer can help you with your gun or weapon possession case. You can call Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW for a free consultation. We have convienent locations throughout the NYC including Long Island and Queens right opposite the Criminal court.