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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.​​​​​​​

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Clients Have to Say

  • Very thankful to all of them

    “Working through legal issues can be stressful to say the least. The Firm of Shaffer & Engle was experienced, communicative, thorough and kind. Very thankful to all of them and glad to have had the pleasure to work with such a great team.”


  • 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

  • She's a hard worker and she knows her stuff.

    “She's very dependable, honest, and very easy to talk to. She always returns my calls in a timely manner. She's a hard worker and she knows her stuff. I feel she always had my back and was working for me. And she even goes above and beyond if the situation calls for it. I had a very positive experience.”

    Former Client

  • You believed in me and gave me the courage to tell the jury my side of the story

    “Dear Miss Elisabeth, I can't thank you enough for giving me my life back! Everyone told me I should just plead guilty but I knew I didn't do what they said I did. You believed in me and gave me the courage to tell the jury my side of the story and explain why I signed a confession when I never committed that crime. I was very scared during the trial but I felt good knowing you believed in me. I am a free man today because of you. God bless you.”


  • Jeff has helped me in the past with 3 speeding tickets and I know he is a good person.

    “Jeff has helped me in the past with 3 speeding tickets and I know he is a good person.”