Saddle Brook police arrest & charged teenager with Unlawful Possession of a Handgun
The Saddle Brook police department have arrested and charged a Lyndhurst teenager with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of prescription drugs. The circumstances in which the officer discovered the illegal weapon and drugs are rather unusual. It appears that the defendant had apparently locked his keys inside his car when an Saddle Brook police officer just happened to be driving by an offered to help. Unfortunately for the defendant, the officer was able to unlock his car. Once the officer opened the vehicle he requested that the defendant show some form of identification to make sure that the vehicle was in fact his. It was at this point that the officers allege that the defendant began frantically searching through his vehicle. As a result the officer, who was fearing for his safety, decided to search the vehicle. At this point, the officer discovered a Walther P22 pistol and a prescription bottle of Xanax pills.
The defendant was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, a crime of the second degree and unlawful possession of prescription drugs, (Xanax) a crime of the third degree. The unlawful possession of a weapon is a Graves Act Offense, therefore, if convicted, the defendant will almost certainly be incarcerated for a period of five years. The only way for a defendant to avoid the extremely harsh penalties under the graves act would be for their attorney to successfully argue for a graves act waiver. If granted, the defendant could avoid any potential incarceration.
The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall is an experienced Bergen County handgun defense firm. We have over 100 years of combined experience on staff, including over twenty-five years of prior prosecuting experience. If you or someone you know has been charged with possession of drugs, distributing cocaine, aggravated assault, criminal mischief or arson, we can help. Please contact any one of our Bergen County Offices for a free initial consultation.