Multiple Firearm Offenses
A man borrowed his friend’s car to go and pick up his daughter for the Christmas holiday. The man shared custody of his daughter with his ex-girlfriend who is the girl’s mother. Along the way, police stopped the man for speeding. Once pulled over, the police also discovered that the vehicle registration was expired. This was much to the operator’s surprise. Based on this discovery, police called a towing company to the scene to take custody of the unregistered vehicle. Prior to the tow truck’s arrival, the police officer conducted an inventory search of the vehicle. During the course of this search, the officer discovered a large capacity magazine to a 9mm handgun inside the glove compartment. The magazine contained several rounds of ammunition. This discovery was also to the man’s surprise. Notwithstanding, based on the presence of this evidence, police arrested and charged the man with both Possessing a Large Capacity Firearm/Feeding Device and Possessing Ammunition without a Firearm Identification (FID) Card.
The man sought out and retained Attorney John L. Calcagni III to represent him in this matter. As a matter of coincidence, the actual owner of the vehicle and man’s friend was Attorney Calcagni’s high school classmate. Once retained, Attorney Calcagni formulated a plan for dismissal of this case. The plan included getting the vehicle’s registration reinstated. The vehicle was a Volkswagen lease and much to the owner’s chagrin, had expired. The owner immediately reinstated it. As for the magazine discovered in the glove box, Attorney Calcagni aided the vehicle owner with formulating a statement in support of his friend’s defense that explained the presence of the magazine in a manner that did not expose him to criminal liability. The statement also supported the charged man’s unawareness as to the presence of the magazine inside the car. Based on these collective efforts, Attorney Calcagni successfully convinced both the Court and District Attorney’s Office to dismiss this case and charges, which otherwise would have provided for mandatory jail time. Congratulations to this man.