NEW YORK GUN CRIMES - CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF A WEAPON IN THIRD DEGREE

April 15, 2009 by Tilem & Associates

New York criminal defense lawyers, especially those that handle New York gun possession cases, know that New York has some of the most onerous laws restricting the possession, ownership and use of weapons of all types. This blog presents a brief overview of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree (CPW 3rd) (See NY Penal Law 265.02).

There are several ways one may commit CPW 3rd. First, a person is guilty of CPW 3rd in New York if they commit the crime of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree (CPW 4th) and have been previously convicted of any crime. [See Penal Law 265.02(1) for exact wording] .

Second, one is guilty of CPW 3rd if they possess any incendiary or explosive bomb, bombshell, silencer, machine gun or any other firearm or weapon simulating a machine-gun and which is adaptable as a machine gun. [See Penal Law 265.02(2) for exact wording] .

Third, a person is guilty of CPW 3rd if they knowingly possess a firearm, machine-gun, rifle or shotgun which has been defaced to conceal or prevent the detection of a crime or to misrepresent the identity of such weapon. [See Penal Law 265.02(3) for exact wording].

Fourth, a person is guilty of CPW 3rd if they possess three or more firearms or possess at least one firearm while having been convicted on a Class “A” Penal Law Misdemeanor within the previous five years. [See Penal Law 265.02(5) for exact wording].

Finally, one is guilty of CPW 3rd if they knowingly possess a disguised gun, possess an assault weapon or a large capacity ammunition feeding device. [See Penal Law 265.02(6)-(8) for exact wording]. Note, possession of a disguised gun must be “knowingly”.

For more information about CPW 3rd or any other weapons offense, conatct Tilem & Campbell toll free at 1-877-377-8666 or visit us at www.HandGunAttorney.com.

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