Good News! Shootings in New Jersey Down for 2023

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Mar 14, 2024 | 0 Comments

It seems like almost every day, we hear about a new mass shooting, school shooting, or violent crime. However, the publicity these crimes get may misrepresent the real number of weapons crimes that happen across the country. In the last year, gun violence is down across the country, and New Jersey is no exception. According to FBI crime statistics, the number of shootings has been trending down in recent years.  

While the decrease in violent gun charges in the state is great news, if you're facing a charge involving a firearm or a shooting, the consequences can still be serious. You need experienced legal guidance from the Lento Law Firm's Criminal Defense Team. Call them at 888.535.3686 or contact them online today.  

New Jersey Shootings Down in 2023 

According to a state report, New Jersey's gun violence rates improved last year, bringing the numbers to a 15-year low. In 2023, the state saw 924 shootings, down 13 from 2022. This is the biggest drop New Jersey has seen since they began tracking this data in 2009. 

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy called the drop in shootings “even more remarkable” because the state population increased by 8.8 million people in the same period. Governor Murphy told WHYY, “Over the past year together, we have saved a historic number of lives from gun violence in New Jersey. That means more families have remained intact, more children will be able to grow up and live up to their full potential, and we are helping people feel safer in their homes and on our streets.” State officials credit a “holistic” approach to gun violence, stricter gun laws, and working to interrupt violence. 

Retired NYPD sergeant and adjunct professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice called the trend “interesting,” noting that the numbers could be even better if officials tracked the number of gun incidents rather than the number of victims because the number of victims can vary widely with each shooting. He also noted that not all New Jersey jurisdictions report to the FBI's National Incident-Based Reporting System, and the state should encourage all localities to do so.  

You Need an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney 

While the decrease in gun violence is wonderful for the state and New Jersey families, if you're facing a If you're accused of a crime involving a firearm in New Jersey, you shouldn't try to figure this out on your own. You could face serious jail time, hefty fines, and a criminal record. You need an aggressive defense and a seasoned criminal defense team protecting your rights in the criminal justice system. The skilled Criminal Defense Team at the Lento Law Firm has been fighting for New Jersians accused of firearms charges for years, and they can help you, too. Call the Lento Law Firm at 888.535.3686 to schedule your consultation, or contact them online today.  

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"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients in criminal courtrooms in New Jersey and nationwide. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. With unparalleled experience occupying several roles in the criminal justice system outside of being an attorney, Joseph D. Lento can give you valuable behind-the-scenes insight as to what is happening during all phases of the legal process. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in New Jersey and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!


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