WEAPONS CRIMES

In the states of New York and New Jersey, people who illegally possess weapons are susceptible to weapons charges. If a person is in criminal possession of a knife, handgun, or other weapon that is being used unlawfully, he/she can be charged with a weapon offense. Additionally, people face weapon charges if they sell weapons, distribute weapons, or manufacture weapons. People also face weapons charges if they commit another type of crime, such as a violent crime, while possessing a weapon.

Handguns in New York and New Jersey

According to state law, all handguns must be licensed and registered. If a handgun is not properly licensed and registered, it is classified as an illegal weapon. People who carry illegal firearms can be charged with weapon offenses. This is true even if the person does not have the gun on his/her body. If the weapon is near a person or found on his/her property, he/she can be charged with constructive possession or presumptive possession.

Hire a New York and New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney

When a person is facing weapons charges in their respective state, it is imperative that he/she obtain the services of a skilled criminal defense attorney who is knowledgeable in weapon crimes and the particular weapons law of that state. In many cases, criminal charges can be enhanced just because the person was in possession of a weapon. Enhanced charges can lead to harsher legal penalties if the person is convicted. A person who is convicted of a weapons crime may have to spend time in jail or prison, have to pay fines, or be placed on probation.

The legal penalties for weapon charge convictions can be life-altering. For this reason, people need to do everything they can to ensure that every effort is made to fight criminal conviction. For most people, hiring the right criminal defense attorney is the first step in contesting their criminal charges and preserving their quality of life.

VIOLENT CRIMES

There is a vast array of violent crimes that are committed in the state of New York and New Jersey each and every year. The most common violent crimes include:

• Gang crimes
• Arson
• Manslaughter
• Rape
• Assault
• Battery
• Sexual assault
• Weapon crimes
• Murder

If you are under investigation for a violent crime or if you are about to be arrested or have been arrested, you need a criminal defense attorney who knows the laws, the criminal court system, and how to protect your rights. You are facing a formidable opponent in the government. The sooner you have a lawyer, the better. You need the experience of the Gayanilo Law Firm, PLLC. We will be with you throughout the ordeal from arrest, to arraignment, to preliminary hearings, to grand jury presentations, and trial.

If you are under investigation for a violent crime or if you are about to be arrested or have been arrested, you need a criminal defense attorney who knows the laws, the criminal court system, and how to protect your rights. You are facing a formidable opponent in the government. The sooner you have a lawyer, the better. You need the experience of the Gayanilo Law Firm, PLLC. We will be with you throughout the ordeal from arrest, to arraignment, to preliminary hearings, to grand jury presentations, and trial.

Being charged with any crime can change your life. Any violent crime whether it be robbery, rape, murder or felonious assault can mean a loss of freedom if you are convicted. Other matters such as gun possession, addiction, or Fourth Amendment search and seizure violations can further complicate a case.

The attorneys of our firm will listen to your story, investigate the facts of your case with the help of a private investigator, search for and talk to witnesses, and develop a defense that fits the circumstances of your case.

The Gayanilo Law Firm, PLLC will represent you at every step in the criminal justice process from the time you retain our services. We can arrange your surrender, represent you at your arraignment, help with the setting and posting of bail, and represent you and protect your rights at grand jury hearings, preliminary hearings, and trial.

Violent crime laws have become stricter when it comes to conviction and sentencing standards. Prosecutors and law enforcement will do everything possible to obtain violent crime convictions, which means that people should make sure that every effort is placed into their defense, and that they hire the right violent crimes attorney.

After a person has been charged with a violent crime, he/she will need the thorough representation that only an experienced criminal defense attorney can provide. Without representation from a qualified defense attorney knowledgeable of violent crimes in New York or New Jersey, a person stands little chance of being victorious in a court of law.

When a person hires the Gayanilo Law Firm, PLLC, he/she will be given professional advice, guidance, and also support from someone who understands his/her individual situation. The person will also have a relentless advocate on his/her side that will fight to protect his/her best interests throughout the criminal process.

THEFT CRIMES

A theft crime is a criminal offense that involves one person stealing another person's property without permission or consent. Theft crimes broken down into two categories: petty larceny and grand larceny. Petty larceny is a lesser crime than grand larceny, and is usually considered a misdemeanor because the property stolen has a low value. Grand larceny is generally categorized as a felony because the property stolen has a higher value.

There is vast array of theft crimes that are committed each and every year. The most common theft crimes include:

• Petty larceny
• Grand larceny
• motor vehicle theft
• credit card theft
• Identity theft
• embezzlement
• Shoplifting
• Robbery
• Burglary

After a person has been charged with a theft crime, whether it was a misdemeanor or felony, it is always in his/her best interest to consult with a knowledgeable defense attorney in this area. In many theft cases, a lawyer can negotiate with prosecutors to have the charges reduced, or even dismissed. This is especially true in cases involving petty theft or a first time theft offense. People who work with an experienced theft crimes defense attorney have a better chance of fighting their criminal charges and moving forward with their lives.

 

 

SEX CRIMES

When charged with a sex offense, there is typically one emotion - shame. At the Gayanilo Law Firm, PLLC, we provide all our clients with respectful, confidential, and nonjudgmental representation while working to preserve your rights and freedom.

For compassionate and experienced advice and counsel, contact our experienced sex crimes defense attorney.

For most people charged with sex crimes, this is their first encounter with law enforcement. They may be married, have a good job, and be involved in many community activities. The criminal law process can seem overwhelming. All at once, people who have been charged with a sex crime can find that their worlds have been shattered, and that they are no longer respected by those who are closest to them.

This is why it is extremely important that people hire a reputable sex crimes defense attorney as soon as they have been charged, or believe they will be charged, with a sex crime. As an experienced sex crime defense firm, we help clients through the criminal defense process and work to protect clients from stigmas and negative public exposure.

There are vast arrays of sex crimes that are committed in the states of New York and New Jersey each and every year. The most common sex crimes include:

• Rape
• Statutory rape
• Date rape
• Sexual assault
• Sexual abuse
• Lewd conduct
• Indecent exposure
• Prostitution
• Illegal pornography
• Child molestation
• Child pornography
• Internet stalking
• Internet solicitation of minors

A criminal defense attorney can get involved from the beginning, which can help preserve the person's reputation and liberty throughout the criminal process. A lawyer can also challenge all physical evidence and testimony that is presented by the prosecution, which can lead to the reduction or dismissal of charges. Additionally, an attorney can serve as an advocate throughout this very sensitive time, and protect the person and his/her family from further embarrassment or unwanted attention.

Meagan's Law Sex Offender Registry Requirement

When convicted of a sex offense in New York and New Jersey, there is a classification hearing to determine the level of severity of the offense and the sex offender registry requirement. Classification in the least serious category does not require registration and does not impair many civil liberties.

However, the most serious offenses require registration and restrict the individual from being in the presence of children or the individual in which the crime involved. This often limits the ability to be present at family gatherings and move about within the community following completion of a sentence.

It is imperative to have an attorney on your side. We work to mitigate the long-term damage and enhance therapeutic recovery.

DWI DEFENSE

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is the criminal act of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated by drugs and or alcohol. DWI is also the criminal act of operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher. In the state of New York, most cases involving DWI are classified as misdemeanors. However, there are some cases in which DWI charges can be enhanced, and elevated to felonies. This is common in situations where the offender has prior DWI convictions, has caused bodily harm to another person, or has caused extensive property damage.

A conviction for DWI (called DUI in some states) is a serious crime with a lot of collateral damages that can cause problems for years. At the Gayanilo Law Firm, PLLC, we know how confusing your arrest probably was and we also know that there's a lot more confusion ahead. You need a DWI defense lawyer who knows the law and knows how to help you minimize the consequences.

Some people are under the impression that DWI charges are easy to fight in court, and some will choose to represent themselves. This is usually a huge mistake, as the majority of people do not have the experience or knowledge to contest evidence presented by New York law enforcement or county prosecutors. Making a mistake like this could result in a DWI conviction and serious legal consequences.

In a DWI (driving while intoxicated) charge, there are two aspects to the case, criminal and administrative.

In the criminal DWI case, the Gayanilo Law Firm, PLLC will review the evidence including any Breathalyzer results (blood alcohol content levels or BAC), police reports, and witness statements. We will explain your options and take your case to trial if that is your choice. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to enter a non-criminal plea (driving while impaired). At all times, from the moment you retain our services, we will protect your rights and fight to win.

In the administrative part of your case, your lawyer will help you apply for hardship driving privileges. Depending on your driving history, the damages may be minimized.

A DWI charge can mean license revocation or suspension, points on your license, substantial fines, driving and drinking classes, large increases in your insurance rates, and a lot of time and energy spent on resolving the charges. Jail time is unlikely except for multiple offenses, but you must become informed. Your lawyer can guide you through the process and help you limit the consequences. A DWI defense lawyer can get involved immediately to minimize the person's dealings with law enforcement. By taking immediate action, an attorney can ensure that the person's rights are protected and that the right decisions are made. Additionally, a defense attorney will know how to challenge key evidence, which can lead to the reduction or complete dismissal of criminal charges.