State and Federal law enforcement officials vigorously pursue gun and weapons charges. In fact, the majority of these crimes are felony offenses that call for lengthy periods of incarceration upon conviction.
Unfortunately, some people accused of these crimes often commit them unknowingly, as they legally purchased a weapon in another jurisdiction but did not register it in Pennsylvania.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania strictly enforces its laws regarding the possession and use of guns and weapons. Some of these charges include:
- Carrying a Firearm Without a License
- Persons Not to Possess Firearms
- Possession of Firearms by Minors
- Possession of Firearms with Altered Manufacturer’s Numbers
- Illegal Sale or Transfer of Firearms
- Altering or Obliterating Marks of Identification
- Felon in possession of a firearm
- Brandishing a Firearm
- Discharging a firearm
Preparing the best possible defense to gun and weapons charges is complicated, due to the complexity and intricacies of the laws regulating their possession and use. An individual’s personal circumstances, their location at the time of the alleged crime, whether the gun was loaded and/or concealed are all factors affect the severity of charges prosecutors pursue and that must be considered when analyzing the case.
Pennsylvania Gun and Weapons Charges Defense Attorneys
Many weapons possession charges result from illegal searches and other violations of individuals’ rights. Choosing an experienced criminal defense attorney is essential for those facing illegal weapons possession charges.
A competent defense attorney will challenge the legality of the search and seizure process and have all evidence obtained as a result thrown out of court, which typically results in the case being dismissed.
Never Give Up Your Right to Counsel
Police often attempt to intimidate people facing firearm or weapons charges into making damaging statements or a confession. Silence cannot be used against defendants in court, but statements can.
Contact Mullaney & Mullaney today at (610) 584-4416 to protect your rights and challenge your charges.