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What You Need to Know About Weapons and Firearms Charges in Camden County, New Jersey

6/3/2020
New Jersey has some of the strictest and most complicated gun laws in the country. Many of the people charged with weapons crimes weren’t even aware that they were doing anything illegal. In fact, what they were doing may have been perfectly legal in another state but illegal in New Jersey. If you are charged with a crime involving a weapon, you face serious consequences and penalties such as prison, probation, thousands of dollars in fines, and a criminal conviction on your permanent record. A Camden County criminal defense attorney can help you fight and beat your weapons or firearms charges. To discuss your case and how we can help, call us today at 215-712-1212 for a free consultation. Guns and Weapons Under New Jersey Law Before discussing the potential criminal charge(s) you face if arrested for illegal possession of a firearm or weapon, it is helpful to understand that the State of New Jersey broadly categorizes firearms and weapons. In addition to what might be commonly co

Assault and Restraining Orders in Camden County New Jersey

5/26/2020
Domestic violence is a serious problem in our country and one that should be aggressively addressed. People can be falsely accused, however, resulting in harsh consequences that can change lives forever. If you have been charged with assault or are facing a restraining order brought against you by a person you are alleged to have assaulted, you need to understand exactly what you’re up against. Assault in New Jersey Under New Jersey law, there are two basic charges you could face for assault in Camden County: simple assault and aggravated assault. Generally speaking, simple assault is a disorderly persons offense that carries the possibility of up to six months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000, if you are convicted. Aggravated assault is a much more serious charge, and is an indictable offense in Camden County. Aggravated assault charges can

Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer Lauren Wimmer Named 2020 Super Lawyers Rising Star

5/20/2020
Wimmer Criminal Defense, PC, one of Philadelphia’s top criminal defense law firms, is pleased to announce that attorney Lauren A. Wimmer has been listed as a 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star. You can visit her Super Lawyers profile here.  Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice. The rigorous selection process results in a statewide nomination and peer review by practice area and independent research on candidates. Super Lawyers is designed to identify lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The Rising Stars list recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the stat

Philadelphia Police Changes Its Arrest Policy, Again

5/8/2020
At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Philadelphia police ceased arresting and booking certain persons alleged to have committed low-level, non-violent offenses like retail theft, burglary, economic crimes, and summary offenses. Police were still arresting people accused of violent crimes like murder, aggravated assault, robbery, weapons offenses under the Violation of the Uniform Firearms Act (VUFA), and arson. The hope was to limit the amount of people detained at each of the police districts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Philadelphia Police Department has again changed its policy and will return to arresting and processing the accused “in the traditional manner.” The specific offenses that the Police Department has indicated will return to the usual arrest process are

Philadelphia Firearms Attorney on Gun Charges During COVID-19

4/30/2020
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw announced new policies for arrests as Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Stay-at-Home order continues to remain in effect and the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Criminal Trial Division remains closed to the public. These policies include the delay of arrests for many nonviolent offenses that occur within the City of Philadelphia. NBC Philadelphia reported that arrests will be made: “pursuant to an Arrest Warrant, which will be served at a later date. The change in protocol means anyone accused of a nonviolent offense who would normally be arrested and processed at a detective division will now be temporarily detained for the purpose of confirming their identity and the completion of required paperwork. They’ll then be arrested at a later date.”  The ar

COVID-19: Philadelphia Criminal Court Extends Court Closure Through May

4/28/2020
The Administrative Governing Board of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania issued a new order continuing the closure of the Philadelphia courts through the month of May. This means that all preliminary hearings, waiver and jury trials, sentencings, motions hearings, status listings, pre-trial conferences and hearings for the Summary Diversion Program and Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program will be continued until further notice. If you received a subpoena to come to court, you will receive a new subpoena in the mail sometime in the upcoming weeks with a new court date. You may also check the status of your case by reviewing the docket on the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania Web Portal. This is an incredibly frustrating time for all, but especially for those whose criminal trials have been postponed due to coronavirus. When the courts reopen, criminal defendants who are awaiting a

Don’t Get Stuck in Jail During the Coronavirus Pandemic

4/20/2020
Getting arrested and being stuck in jail while fighting criminal charges is frustrating and difficult enough. Being arrested and incarcerated in the age of the novel coronavirus puts your health at risk even more than usual as social distancing is near impossible in a prison. With courts closed to the public and emergency hearings being held for only certain motions and cases, you or a loved one could be sitting in jail much longer than you would otherwise. When the coronavirus pandemic began, experts immediately expressed concerns about inmates in jails and prisons throughout the country. In such close quarters, it is virtually impossible to effectively stop the virus from spreading to all inmates. Staff and visitors are also at risk. In response to these risks, the entire criminal justice system has been taking extraordinary measures to protect the population in these dangerous times. Wh

Pennsylvania and New Jersey Criminal Courts Switch to Video Hearings During the Coronavirus Pandemic

4/13/2020
Never before have our federal, state, and local governments faced challenges on the scale that has been brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic. The rapid infection rate of COVID-19 has led state and federal courts to take unprecedented measures in order to reduce the risk of transmission in our courthouses, jails, and communities. One of these measures has been postponing certain court proceedings and allowing attorneys and litigants to conduct hearings remotely. Here are some of the specific steps that have been taken by courts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Expanded Access to Video Hearings and Teleconferencing Chief Judge Juan Sanchez of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued an unprecedented order on March 30, 2020. The standing order a

COVID-19 and the Philadelphia Criminal Court System

4/6/2020
If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges in Philadelphia and have received notification in the mail that the date of your most recent court hearing has been moved, you will likely receive a new notice that your court date has again changed. The Philadelphia criminal court system is closed until May 1, 2020 as a result of coronavirus. This means that preliminary hearings, status listings, arraignment, violation of probation (VOP) hearings, pre-trial conferences and both jury and waiver trials are being continued to after that date. Defendants who are incarcerated in one of the Philadelphia county jails including Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility (CFCF), Detention Center, Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center, Alternative & Special Detention, House of Corrections or Riverside Correctional Facility (RCF) because they are fighting new felony charges or are jailed because of a probation violation o

Philadelphia Fentanyl Possession Attorney

3/30/2020
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Pennsylvania saw a substantial increase in fentanyl overdose deaths between 2016 and 2017, with a rise of 16.9 percent. Since fentanyl and synthetic fentanyl drugs are highly addictive and deadly, it is no wonder why the State of Pennsylvania and the entire nation take the sale and possession of these drugs so seriously. Possession of fentanyl is often charged as a result of possession of heroin. If you have been charged with fentanyl possession in Philadelphia, you need a Philadelphia criminal defense attorney who will protect your rights and fight to resolve your case as favorably as possible. Serious charges demand the help of a skilled legal team who will fight to defend your case. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation with attorney Lauren Wimmer.