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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, attorneys Jeffrey Engle and Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini, Esq. have 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

  • Elisabeth took our case and provided great counsel, direction, and splendid representation throughout the legal process.

    “I needed a criminal defense lawyer for a family member. So, having been represented by Shaffer & Engle previously, I contacted them. Elisabeth took our case and provided great counsel, direction, and splendid representation throughout the legal process. The case was dismissed which was the best verdict that could be achieved. We are so thankful and blessed to have had such a wonderful attorney!”

    Ernie M.

  • 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

  • We felt she was the strongest legal advocate we could have and feel very fortunate that she represented us.

    “We found Elizabeth Pasqualini to be fully engaged in all aspects of our case. She was proactive, caring and accessible. We felt she was the strongest legal advocate we could have and feel very fortunate that she represented us. We highly recommend her.”

    J.C.

  • Her work was impeccable and impressive.

    “Elisabeth was more than a great lawyer. She was thorough and always made us feel important. Her work was impeccable and impressive. She went above and beyond what we expected. Our situation was stressful but she made us feel confident and we could tell she cares. I'm so happy she was on our team - she is the tough lawyer you want fighting for you!”

    Anonymous

  • You really did make a "federal case" of my situation!

    “Elisabeth, You are the best! I can't express how upset I was when I discovered that my builder committed fraud and lied to me about the quality and condition of my new house. It was a huge investment for me and he put me in a bad financial situation. I was cautiously hopeful when you told me you could help. When you got me a judgment for $130,000 plus- three times the amount of my damages- I was amazed! Thanks so much for all of your hard work and dedication. You really did make a "federal case" of my situation! With the money you won for me, I can finally enjoy my home. P.P.”

    P.P.