Put a Former Prosecutor on Your Side
Gun & Drug Crimes Attorney Based in Atlantic City, NJ
Weinstock Defense is here to help clients navigate the ins and outs of drug and gun crime charges. Our team is led by certified criminal trial attorney and former prosecutor, Ed Weinstock. We strive to put our extensive knowledge of both sides of the justice system to good use–helping clients achieve the best possible outcome. We handle all types of drug and gun crimes, including possession, distribution, and manufacturing. No matter the severity of the charges, we aim to build a successful, winning defense.
Charged With a Crime in South Jersey?
The state of New Jersey is stern when it comes to prosecuting drug crimes. A conviction can result in years of jail or prison time, forfeiture of your car or other property, and thousands of dollars in fines. If you have been charged with a drug-related offense, it is critical that you take the charges seriously by finding the best possible criminal law attorney as soon as possible. With years of experience and a track record of success in handling drug charges for clients throughout New Jersey, Ed Weinstock is equipped to confidently represent you.
The firm has handled the full range of charges, including:
- Distribution of a controlled dangerous substance
- Distribution of a controlled dangerous substance in a public or school zone
- Distribution of a controlled dangerous substance with a gun
- Distribution of a controlled dangerous substance to a minor
- Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute
- Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, including marijuana, etc.
- Racketeering/conspiracy to commit any of the above
When it comes to state gun laws, New Jersey is incredibly harsh. To own or carry a gun, you must undergo a rigorous process of seeking approval from the local police department. A person found unlawfully possessing a gun can be sentenced to at least five years in prison, three of which are deemed parole ineligible. To avoid this sentencing, it is critical that your representation understands defense strategies or is able to secure waivers of the harsh gun laws. Ed Weinstock provides zealous gun charge defense throughout New Jersey.
The firm has defended the rights of clients in all types of gun-related charges, including:
- Unlawful possession of a handgun, shotgun or rifle
- Unlawful possession of an assault weapon
- Possession of a gun for an unlawful purpose
- Possession of a gun by a convicted felon
- Possession of a gun in furtherance of drug crimes
- Gun forfeiture hearings under the prevention of domestic violence act
- Gun forfeiture proceedings under the criminal code (NJSA 2C:58-3)
- Applications for permits to purchase handguns and for firearm ID cards
- Appeals of denials to purchase handguns and ID cards
- All matters relating to forfeiture, seizure and/or denial to possess guns
Drug/Gun Crime Results
State v. P.M. – Drug Distribution (50 Pounds Of Marijuana – First-Degree) – “Not Guilty” Verdict (Partial). P.M. faced a charge of first-degree possession with intent to distribute more than 50 pounds of marijuana arising out of a police investigation based on an anonymous tip. Mr. Weinstock asserted that P.M. did not possess the alleged marijuana. After a three-week trial, a jury found P.M. “not guilty” of first-degree possession with intent to distribute, but guilty of the lesser included conspiracy charges.
State v. B.E. – Drug Distribution – Motion To Suppress Filed/Case Dismissed. B.E. faced a charge of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and numerous related drug offenses arising out of a traffic stop in which police recovered cocaine. Mr. Weinstock filed a motion to suppress in the Superior Court of New Jersey in Cape May County. Prior to filing their response, the state dismissed all charges against B.E.
State v. J.D. – Conspiracy To Distribute More Than 25 Pounds Of Marijuana – Reduced Plea Bargain. J.D. faced a charge of conspiring to distribute more than 25 pounds of marijuana. Mr. Weinstock secured a downgrade for third-degree conspiracy for which J.D. received noncustodial probation and served no jail time, despite the mandatory state prison sentence required under the statute.
State v. A.N. – Drug Distribution And Unlawful Possession Of A Handgun – Case Dismissed. A.N. faced a charge of unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to distribute and numerous related weapons and drug offenses. Mr. Weinstock convinced the prosecutor to dismiss the case against A.N.
State v. Q.T. – Gun And Drug Distribution – Motion To Suppress Granted/Case Dismissed. Q.T. faced charges of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and numerous related weapons and drug offenses. Mr. Weinstock filed a motion to suppress, successfully contending that the police searched his book bag without probable cause, without a warrant and without an exception to the warrant requirement in violation of his federal and state constitutional rights. The court granted the motion and suppressed the evidence. A judge dismissed the case.
State v. D.H. – Unlawful Possession Of A Handgun – Motion To Suppress Filed/Case Dismissed. D.H. was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun arising out of a police investigation and search of a motor vehicle. Mr. Weinstock successfully obtained a dismissal after demonstrating that the handguns recovered belonged to another person and there was insufficient evidence to prove constructive possession. A judge dismissed the case.
State v. D.R. – Unlawful Possession Of A Handgun – Jury Selection/Case Dismissed. D.R. faced a charge of unlawful possession of a handgun arising out of an altercation in which D.R. was alleged to possess a handgun. After filing several pretrial motions and preparing the matter for trial, Mr. Weinstock obtained a dismissal. Ultimately, there was insufficient evidence to prove actual or constructive possession of the weapon. A judge dismissed the case.
State v. R.B. – Burglary (Second-Degree) And Unlawful Possession Of A Handgun – Motion To Dismiss And Amend Counts Of The Indictment Granted/Drug Court Plea. R.B. faced charges of second-degree burglary and unlawful possession of a handgun. Mr. Weinstock filed a motion to dismiss the count of the indictment, alleging unlawful possession of a weapon as well as amend the count alleging second-degree burglary. The court granted the motion and dismissed the count alleging unlawful possession of a weapon and amended the count alleging second-degree burglary to third-degree burglary. As a result, the prosecutor consented to R.B.’s application into the drug court program and waived the mandatory state prison term required under the statute.
State v. T.A. – Second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun – Secured a non-custodial probationary sentence. Charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun without first having obtained a permit to carry the same pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5b(1) and second-degree conspiracy to transport a firearm into the State of New Jersey with the purpose to sell the same pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:39-9i, both of which implicated the Graves Act, N.J.S.A. 2C:43-6 and mandate a New Jersey State Prison sentence of 5-10 years with a minimum parole disqualification of three years and six months. After extensive motion practice able to secure a non-custodial probationary sentence.