Guns & Violent Crimes

As a result of the mass shootings and random acts of violence across the country, New York, like many other states, is taking a zero-tolerance approach to anyone who unlawfully possesses or uses a gun. For this reason, prosecutors have been cracking down on those found guilty of such crimes by recommending very harsh sentences.  If you are facing gun-related criminal charges, in state or federal court, it is critical that you contact an experienced gun crimes defense attorney to represent you.

Firearms and Weapons Offenses

As a former prosecutor, I have worked both sides of these cases and have the experience to aggressively defend your case.  Penalties for the possession of a weapon or firearm and related offenses vary depending on the facts and evidence of a particular case.  A conviction for criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th degree can result in a sentence of up to one year in jail, as opposed to violent crimes involving the use of firearms which can result in a sentence up to life in prison.

Under federal law, you may be facing consecutive mandatory sentences for having a firearm, ranging from 5 years to 10 years (or more), in furtherance of a crime of violence or drug trafficking offense.

Violent Crimes

Violent crimes encompass a wide range of offenses, including homicide (murder, manslaughter, and criminally negligent homicide), robbery, rape, and assault, and typically carry the harshest sentences, many of which mandate lengthy prison and/or life sentences. It is important to have an aggressive criminal defense attorney when you could be facing the rest of your life in prison.

The most common defense is self-defense which is the use of reasonable force to protect oneself or members of the family from bodily harm from the attack of an aggressor. Other common defenses against a violent felony charge include:

  • Defense of others
  • Accident or Mistake
  • Misidentification
  • Provocation
  • Consent
  • Insanity or Diminished Capacity
  • Alibi

The importance of hiring a criminal law defense attorney in New York

Jacqueline Cistaro provides high-quality legal representation to New Yorkers facing charges for firearms or violent crimes. Contact me today at 646.253.0583 or [email protected] to schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney.