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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

  • They handled everything beautifully and were able to minimize our anxiety throughout a difficult process.

    “Jeff is the fourth attorney that I have worked with regarding custody of my son. My previous attorneys were neither knowledgeable of the law as it applied to my case nor followed through on the actions they said they would take. Not only did Jeff know what he was doing, but he did everything that he said he would in a timely fashion. Given that my case involved an international relocation, allocation of sole custody for residency purposes abroad, and a non-custodial parent who was anything but cooperative, there was a high likelihood that my case would be unsuccessful with even the potential of being ordered to return to the US to maintain physical custody of my son. Today my child and I are happily living abroad and I was able to obtain the residency permit for my son to remain here. I attribute the success of my case to Jeff and his firm. They handled everything beautifully and were able to minimize our anxiety throughout a difficult process. Thank you!”

    Former Client

  • Mr. Engle was able to explain the laws in PA and got the job done in days.

    “I am an attorney in the state of Washington. I have a family law client who was in desperate need of legal assistance in PA. The case against him was affecting his ability to work. Mr. Engle contacted me as soon as my email was received and helped my client. Mr. Engle was able to explain the laws in PA and got the job done in days. I have never encountered another attorney as eager to help and get the job done. I would highly recommend Mr. Engle to anyone.”

    Pamela

  • He follows up with his clients quickly so you are at ease knowing what the status of your situation is.

    “I can’t begin to say how great Mr. Engle was on SUPER short notice. I’m from out of state and I have to say he was quick to respond and had answers to my questions. It was an INCREDIBLE relief to have him in my corner, I can’t tell you how invaluable that is. He follows up with his clients quickly so you are at ease knowing what the status of your situation is. You are in fantastic and capable hands with Mr. Engle.”

    Jessie C.

  • 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.

  • Mr. Engle took my matter as if it were his own and followed through to the end.

    “I contacted Mr. Engle back in August. My custody case had originated in Delaware in 2013 and was the final hearing was held in May of 2015. After the other party objected DE having jurisdiction, he took matters into his own hands and got PA involved - where he lives. In a panic I called Mr. Engle after being referred to him by my DE attorney. Even though I wasn't a client and I did not have an appointment scheduled, Mr Engle took the time out to hear the background information, calm me down and come to, what I thought, was a good conclusion. Fast forward 4 months later and every email, phone call and frantic visit to his office was greeted with kindness and patience...and if he was unavailable, his staff showed the same warm professionalism. I could be sure that I would hear back from him within the same business day - sometimes even on his downtime after hours - or first thing in the morning. Mr. Engle took my matter as if it were his own and followed through to the end. I would not hesitate to call on Mr. Engle again if the occasion ever arose.”

    Rebekah