If you've been arrested and charged with a gun crime, the consequences you face are heavily dependent upon your past criminal record. If you are a convicted felon, mere possession of a firearm is illegal and you could find yourself back in prison.
Many gun crimes are felony offenses, such as:
- Possession of a firearm without a license
- Removing the ID/serial number from a gun
- Selling stolen firearms
- Using a visible firearm to commit a crime — this can result in a mandatory five-year prison sentence even if the underlying crime would only have carried a two-year sentence
- Straw buying
- Illegal gun sales
- Gun trafficking
While possession of stolen merchandise can be a felony or a misdemeanor, depending upon the value of the stolen property, possession of stolen firearms is always a felony, regardless of the value of the gun.
Defense Against Gun Crimes And Other Violent Crimes Charges
At the law office of Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC, attorneys Jeffrey Engle and Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini, Esquire, have extensive experience defending clients facing criminal charges for purchase, sale, possession or trafficking of firearms. They defend people in Pennsylvania state and federal criminal courts, thoroughly investigating every angle of the gun crime case:
- Was the client really the person who committed the crime?
- Did the gun buyer or seller have any reason to suspect the firearm was stolen or the buyer was not legitimate?
- Did the witness to the crime in which a gun was used really have the ability to identify the person, or did racial bias play a part in the line-up?
We Know How The Prosecution Works
Gun-related criminal charges are often used as leverage to allow the prosecutor to get a person's prior criminal record allowed into evidence in a case. The real charge is robbery but they've accused the person of carrying a gun so they could say the person is a known felon. It's a tactic the prosecutor uses to shift attention.
Our defense lawyers understand how the prosecution works. We take an aggressive stance when investigating the evidence, preparing for court and questioning witnesses. Sometimes a jury trial is a more risky option and a better outcome may be obtained by negotiating with the prosecutor. We will explain your rights, how the facts of your case may be used in court, and whether we think a plea bargain may be in your best interest.
Get The Experienced Help You Need
Fighting serious drug crimes charges requires the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney with a history of success fighting back against serious federal charges. If you have been charged with a gun-related crime, contact the Pennsylvania firearm possession attorneys at Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC.
Learn more about firearms charges on our Criminal Law Blog.