New York City Knives & Gravity Knives Defense Attorney

A gravity knife is any knife which has a blade which is released by the force of gravity or the centrifugal force (such as by flicking it) which, when released, is locked into place. In the State of New York, Penal Law 265.01, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th Degree, bans the possession of any gravity knife, switchblade, stun gun, firearm, or other listed weapons. This class A misdemeanor charge is punishable by up to a year in jail. Many stores sell these knives and some employers require them for use in cutting boxes or other lawful activities. Being caught with one in New York City can lead to an arrest and prosecution. Additionally, if you are caught with one and you've been previously convicted of a crime, the case can be elevated to a felony. Criminal Defense Attorney Lance L. Fletcher has successfully resolved a wide variety of gravity knife cases in New York City. Mr. Fletcher has even conducted trials concerning gravity knife possession and is well versed in the legal issues and defenses unique to gravity knives. Contact us regarding your Gravity Knife case.

Other Knives

It may surprise you to learn that many seemingly harmless knives are illegal in New York City. Switchblades, long blades, and other knives can lead to arrest and a permanent criminal record for criminally possessing a weapon. Mr. Fletcher, as a former prosecutor, has handled numerous knife possession cases and can successfully resolve your case. Contact us at(212) 619-3900 for a free case evaluation.

Recent Developments

In Caetano v. Massachusetts, decided March 21, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a Massachusetts law very similar to New York's penal law section 265.01, criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th degree. This is important because we may be able to get your New York gravity knife, switchblade knife, or stun gun case dismissed. You can read our blog article about Caetano here.

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