There are a lot of legitimate reasons to carry a firearm in the State of New York. Concealed carry permits and special licenses open up a lot of possibilities for people to carry weapons for self-defense or hunting. But this is far from a free pass if the safety of nearby people is unduly threatened.
If a person is arrested on weapons charges, they likewise have many options to justify their reasoning and appeal to a judge or jury in a court of law. Some suspects are granted bail, which allows for release before trial, especially if their actions did not directly cause any harm to a person and it is likely to stay that way.
Abuse of bail can be a new problem when people are already in legal trouble. A man charged with criminal possession of a weapon is now also charged with bail jumping after he failed to return to court to accept a plea deal. The man has ties to California, according to investigators and was apprehended there before his extradition to New York.
State police in and around Albany are seeking the suspect, who has also been connected to numerous aliases. Although fake names are appealing when people are trying to flee a legal problem, these evasive measures are usually not productive.
The help of an attorney is one of the most valuable allies a person may have when they must work with investigators, prosecutors and other court officials to resolve weapons charges. No one has to face the criminal justice system without someone to represent their interests.