Weapons Crimes Defense Attorney in Rochester, NY
Former Prosecutor Fighting Your Firearm Charges
Your right to bear arms provided by the Second Amendment can quickly be revoked upon a weapons crime conviction. New York is among the toughest states when it comes to prosecuting weapons offenses, as they are often committed with other offenses such as violent and drug crimes. Weapon crime accusations of any kind are serious, as they can lead to jail time, fines and a criminal record.
You must protect your freedom and legal rights at the early stages of your case, therefore I urge you to count on Christopher K. Rodeman Attorney at Law to defend you. As a former prosecutor turned Rochester weapons crime defense lawyer, I am aware that the prosecution is already building its case against you. I can leverage my insight into the other side of the law by anticipating the attacks against you and building aggressive criminal defense strategies to counteract them.
For the past 22 years, I’ve helped get clients’ weapons charges reduced or dropped altogether. Allow me to fight for the same result on your behalf.
Defending Rochester Weapons Crime Cases for 22 Years
I have seen firsthand how devastating a weapons crime conviction can be. That’s why I work tirelessly to negotiate for the best possible outcome to help mitigate the impacts of clients’ weapons crime charges. Given my key prosecutorial insight and valuable relationships on both sides of the legal community, I know what it takes to compel a judge and jury that you’re innocent.
Aggressive defense strategies I may employ include:
- The weapon was not illegal
- You lawfully possessed the weapon
- You did not use or possess the weapon
- An illegal search and seizure occurred
- Mistaken identity ― you didn’t do it
- The weapon was planted, and you were framed
New York breaks down weapons and firearm crimes based on their use and possession. They include:
First-degree criminal use of a firearm: A person commits a class B violent felony and possesses a loaded deadly weapon or displays what appears to be a pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, machine gun or other firearms.
Second-degree criminal use of a firearm: A person commits a class C violent felony offense and possesses a loaded deadly weapon or displays what appears to be a pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, machine gun or other firearms.
First-degree criminal possession of a weapon: A person possesses any explosive substance with intent to use it unlawfully against another’s person or property or possesses ten or more firearms.
Second-degree criminal possession of a weapon: A person possesses the following with intent to use it unlawfully against another person:
- Machine gun
- Loaded firearm
- Disguised gun
- Five or more firearms
- Any loaded firearm (except in their home or business)
Third-degree criminal possession of a weapon: A person is guilty of this class D felony when they:
- Commit fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and has a previous conviction
- Possess any explosive or incendiary bomb, bombshell, firearm silencer, machine-gun or any other firearm or weapon simulating a machine-gun
- Knowingly possess a machine-gun, firearm, rifle or shotgun which has been defaced for the purpose of concealment or prevention of the detection of a crime
- Possess three or more firearms or possess a firearm and has a previous felony or class A misdemeanor conviction within five years
- Knowingly possess any disguised gun
- Possess an assault weapon
- Possess a large capacity ammunition feeding device
- Possess an unloaded firearm and commits a drug trafficking felony
- Possess an unloaded firearm and commits a violent felony offense