Being charged with the illegal possession of a weapon in New York State is a serious offense and you are facing severe consequences. It is important that you retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney who can assist you in putting together a case on your behalf. The attorney will look for any and all potential defenses as they work towards lessening or dismissing your charges altogether.

One of the most important areas that your attorney will have to examine while assembling a case is whether or not an illegal search and seizure took place. If the police entered your home or car without a warrant and proceeded to search and find a weapon, the case may have to be dismissed because it was an illegal search and seizure. If you can prove that the police entered your home without a warrant, it may destroy their whole case. Any evidence that was collected during the illegal search is no longer valid.

It is important that you know your rights when you are arrested or charged with a crime. Many people get themselves in unnecessary trouble because they don’t know their rights and aren’t aware of the fact that the police are legally not permitted to enter your home and collect evidence without a warrant. Before saying anything, you should always speak with your attorney and they will advise you what the next steps to take are in this situation.

The bottom line is, the best thing you can do if you are charged with the illegal possession of a weapon is to know your rights and have a good attorney who can work towards assisting you in obtaining a favorable result.

If you are in need of legal counsel, please contact Penichet & Alberga LLP and we will be happy to assist you in any of your your New York State family or criminal law matters.