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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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • He treats you with respect, has a great personality, keeps you informed, makes you feel comfortable, and takes time to answer any questions.

    “Hired the Law Office to handle the new Adam Walsh Act law going into effect December 20, 2012. State of PA and State Police was requiring that I register under the new law. Not only required to register but also changing my Tier level from Tier 1 to Tier Pending. Originally was required to register as a Tier 1 for 10 years but under the new law they were requiring to register for life. Attorney Engle took the case and fought from the day he was hired until the case was resolved. This is the only Law Firm I have dealt with that work diligently and kept us well informed throughout the case. Our case Won on two levels: 1. I am no longer required to register under the new Adam Walsh Act. 2. Successfully removed my name from the Sex Offender Registry. I am no longer listed on State or Federal Megan Law web site. I have worked with several Law firms over the past 10 years and Attorney Engle is the best Attorney. He treats you with respect, has a great personality, keeps you informed, makes you feel comfortable, and takes time to answer any questions. He fought for my rights where not too many attorneys out there will. AND he WON our case against the State Attorney General and the Pennsylvania State Police. I will recommend this Law Firm to anyone that need legal representation no matter what the case might be. Big or small this is the law firm you want to hire. I cannot nor can anyone predict the same outcome but they will fight for your best interest.”

    Former client

  • He was knowledgeable, thorough, resourceful, professional and understanding.

    “I highly recommend Attorney Jeff Engle. He was knowledgeable, thorough, resourceful, professional and understanding. I did my homework before seeking out Jeff, as I needed an expert in Family and Education law. He was highly recommended to me, and he did not disappoint. Give him a call and schedule a consult. You will get an honest assessment of your situation, and he will work with you to ensure that you get the best outcome possible.”

    Karl

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

    “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.”

    S.G.