Princeton NJ Weapons Offenses on School Grounds Lawyer

With Offices in Trenton and Pennington, New Jersey 

New Jersey weapons laws are among the strictest and most punitive in the entire country. As a result, anyone convicted of a weapons offense in the State of New Jersey is subject to significant penalties that often include mandatory prison time. When the weapons offense occurs in an educational setting, the penalties are even more severe. That’s because NJ lawmakers impose strict liability on anyone caught in possession of a firearm or any other deadly weapon while in certain public places, such as the grounds of a school, college, university, or other educational institution. Even possession of an imitation firearm like a BB gun or an Airsoft gun on school grounds can result in a person being charged with a felony-level offense.

Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson is a well-respected legal team with more than 40 years of experience in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Our lawyers have successfully defended numerous clients against weapons charges in Mercer County, including Pennington, Hamilton, and Lawrence. We provide personalized attention to each and every client because we believe that everyone is entitled to a strong defense. Call KCR today so that we can begin your defense.

Weapons Offenses on Mercer County NJ School Grounds

It is against the law to carry any potentially deadly weapon on the grounds of a school, college, university, or other educational institution in New Jersey. It is also against the law to carry a weapon on a school bus in New Jersey.

Of course, these restrictions on weapons include firearms. This matters because even if you had a permit to carry the gun, you can still be charged with illegal possession on school grounds; these carry permits do not apply to educational settings. Additionally, it does not matter if you have a valid firearms purchaser ID card because you almost never have a legal right to carry a firearm on the grounds of an educational institution.

Carrying a Gun on School Grounds in Princeton NJ: A Strict Liability Offense

As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:39:5(e)(3), this is a strict liability offense. This means that unless you have written authorization from the educational institution, you are in violation of the law the moment you set foot on the school grounds with the weapon. In other words, your intent does not matter.

The only exception to this law is if the governing officer of the educational institution has provided written authorization for the person to carry the firearm on school grounds.

Penalties for Weapon Possession on School Grounds in Trenton NJ

The penalties for illegally carrying a weapon on school grounds are determined by the type of weapon:

  • Firearms in Educational Setting: Possession of a firearm on school grounds is a third degree felony, punishable by 3–5 years in NJ State Prison.
  • Imitation Firearm in Educational Setting: Possession of an imitation firearm on school grounds is a fourth degree felony, punishable by up to 18 months in NJ State Prison.
  • Other Weapons in Educational Setting: Possession of any other weapon on school grounds is a fourth degree felony, punishable by up to 18 months in NJ State Prison.

Call a Princeton NJ Gun Possession Attorney

The criminal defense attorneys at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson have the experience needed to fight your weapons possession charges. Call us day or night to speak with a member of our litigation team, or fill out our convenient online contact form to schedule a free consultation at our offices in Trenton or Pennington.