In any big city, there are crimes committed every day. From robberies and muggings, to gun violence and even crimes that result in death. Whatever the crime that is committed, anyone who needs a criminal defense attorney, should get the best, most qualified attorney as possible. The Law Office of Lisa Pelosi has over 30 years of experience and is knowledgeable in a wide range of criminal situations and is determined to get you the best possible outcome. If you are being charged with possession of an illegal knife, read on to learn more about knife laws and contact Lisa Pelosi. Lisa Pelosi is a defense attorney who is determined to fight for you, no matter the circumstances.
In New York state, in 1958, legislators banned knives in which the blade fell out of the handle, when it is pointed at the ground and the blade came out of the handle when a lever was pushed, or when the knife can be opened with a flick of the wrist. These types of knives are called gravity knives. Although many of the knives today have little resemblance to gravity knives, many people, including construction workers and the average person, own this type of knife and are being arrested for owning them. New York City also has length restrictions as well; blades that are four inches or longer are banned and owners are required to conceal knives when in public. Switchblades, metal knuckle knife, plastic knuckles, and pilum ballistic knives are also banned.
Possession of a banned knife can be charged with criminal possession of a weapon. Being in possession of a gravity knife is a misdemeanor, however, if there was a prior offense of conviction, then it can be a felony and if convicted, there is the potential for seven years in prison. When it comes to dirks, daggers, or stilettos, there is a presumption that the owner has intent to use the weapon against another. This can, of course, be refuted in court, however, one can be charged with a crime even if there was no criminal intention. Illegal knives found in a car are presupposed to belong to everyone in the vehicle unless found on one of the occupants. In this instance as well, the charge can be refuted in court, but one can be charged with a crime nonetheless. Those with hunting or fishing licenses, however, may possess gravity knives legally. If you find yourself being charged with possession of a knife, contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Being charged for possession of a knife can be a frustrating and scary situation, especially when the knife in your possession could be classified as legal. When you are charged for possession of a knife, immediately contact The Law Office of Lisa Pelosi, a criminal defense attorney, who can defend your case with years of experience. Lisa Pelosi will work her hardest to have the charges dropped, or if you are convicted, work to have your sentence reduced. You can trust in her to put your case first to ensure that your life is disrupted as little as possible. Hiring a defense attorney is crucial in any case, so contact Lisa Pelosi today.