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What could the charge be for criminal possession of a so called "billy club" in the state of new york?

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i am trying to find out what the charge/charges could be for criminal possession of a billy club could be with a two time convicted felon.

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Could be charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree a class D felony.


7 years on a D felony bump up due to the prior conviction.

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Normally this would be charged as Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th Degree, a class A misdemeanor under PL 265.01. However because of the prior conviction, they will likely charge Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D felony punishable up to 7 years jail. I copied the statute for your information.

§ 265.02 Criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree.
A person is guilty of criminal possession of a weapon in the third
degree when:
(1) Such person commits the crime of criminal possession of a weapon
in the fourth degree as defined in subdivision one, two, three or five
of section 265.01, and has been previously convicted of any crime
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okay so let me ask you this. when someone has a 2 prior felonies and the courts are try to charge the person with 2 felony weapons charge for obviously the "billy club" but also a taser could the person end up spending life in prison, do we have the 3 time loser law as my dad calls it?


Likely to be charged as a CPW3.


It is a misdemeanor but the DA can elevate it to a felony because of the prior conviction.

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