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Gun Crimes Lawyers in Harrisburg

Providing Strong Representation Since 1951

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:

  • Straw buying
  • Gun trafficking
  • Illegal gun sales
  • Selling stolen firearms
  • Possession of a firearm without a license
  • Removing the ID/serial number from a gun
  • 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

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 & Other Violent Crimes Charges

At Shaffer & Engle, attorney Jeffrey Engle has extensive experience defending clients facing criminal charges for trafficking, possession, sale, or purchase of firearms.

We tirelessly defend individuals, 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 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. Our Harrisburg gun crimes lawyers 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 successfully fighting back against serious federal charges. If you have been charged with a gun-related crime, contact the Harrisburg gun crimes attorneys at Shaffer & Engle for a free consultation at (717) 268-4287 today.

What Our
clients Have to Say

  • Jeff advised me appropriately and always responded to my calls promptly.

    “At the law offices of Shaffer & Engle, my case was handled with professionalism, compassion, and dedication. Facing criminal charges was a very frightening experience to me, but I knew I was in good hands with Jeff Engle. I had no past experiences with the judicial system. I felt I was treated with courtesy and dignity. Jeff did everything within his legal powers to provide a great service when I was in need. From my experience with Jeff, he has been more than a lawyer; he is now considered a great new friend of my family. He took a personal interest in my case and for that I am eternally grateful. Jeff always delivered on what he said to me and did everything he set out to do. Jeff fought the prosecutor (DA) every step of the way without hesitation. Jeff advised me appropriately and always responded to my calls promptly. What could have been a truly awful situation was resolved completely to my satisfaction. I am available at any time to address any questions with respect to Jeff Engle as an attorney or as a person. I hold him in the highest regard. If anyone ever wanted to see the definition of what a true attorney is...they should be able to open up a dictionary and see a picture of Jeff next to it. I would and will recommend him and his law firm to anyone looking for a knowledgeable and aggressive law firm or criminal defense attorney.”

    Tara K

  • He took the time to explain the process, understand the facts of my case and provide suggestions like retaining a private investigator.

    “I came to Shaffer & Engle Law Offices searching for hope after I entered a plea in my criminal case. I had a false allegation filed against me for a sexual offense that I did not commit. I was involved with another lawyer for 2 ½ years, when it came down to day before court we felt he was not prepared to represent me. I either took the plea of "Nolo Contendere" or went to jail the day of the trial. I felt trapped. I had this allegation against me and I was innocent. I met with the Attorney Engle. He took the time to explain the process, understand the facts of my case and provide suggestions like retaining a private investigator. He offered to represent me and quickly moved to withdraw my guilty plea. That was granted by the court and we proceeded to prepare for trial. They uncovered many things that our other lawyer did not bother to investigate. They met with character witnesses after hours to make sure my defense would be solid. Long story short, the DA in my case withdrew the charges. I went from a convicted man to completely being vindicated. Shaffer and Engle Law Offices also were able to assist me in another matter relating to the criminal case, but in civil court. The same results, all charges were dismissed. I appreciate the work they did, their prompt service, care and attention they showed to me and my family. I found their services to be affordable when compared to what they did for me. I would highly recommend them for anyone charged with a crime that they did not do.”

    JH

  • Outcome of the case was the best possible under the circumstances.

    “Very professional and upfront. Reviewed the facts of my case with me in a realistic manner and gave me excellent advice. Did not push hiring the firm on me but let me know exactly what I needed to do if I chose to have her firm represent me. Outcome of the case was the best possible under the circumstances. Well done and thank you!”

    TP

  • He has a great personality and makes you feel welcome and comfortable.

    “Mr. Engle took our case and worked diligently from the time we hired his firm until our case was resolved. In addition he kept us well informed throughout the process with emails, letters, and phone conversations. I have worked with a number of law firms in the past 10 plus years and Attorney Engle is one of the best. He does not make you feel as if you are a burden to him when you ask questions. He has a great personality and makes you feel welcome and comfortable. He makes no promises due to the fact he is not a fortune teller but he will do everything possible to have a positive outcome for your case. I recommend Attorney Engle and his Law Firm and hold nothing but positive praise for him and his team.”

    Paul W.

  • Jeff provided us with clear advice and immediate responses to my multitude of questions and concerns.

    “Jeff provided us with clear advice and immediate responses to my multitude of questions and concerns. We are grateful our case is finally settled and would certainly recommend him.”

    Former Client