Weapons possessed or used illegally may result in a conviction for a specific crime and they may trigger mandatory minimums or sentencing enhancements for seperate offense if possessed during the commission of the separate offense.  The net effect is that if you are convicted of committing a particular crime while possessing an illegal weapon you may be subject to both a mandatory minimum triggered by the presence of the weapon and a separate sentence for illegally possessing the weapon. 

Weapons Offenses

Pennsylvania has a wide array of criminal offenses for illegally manufacturing, carrying and possessing weapons.  Some of the more commonly charged offenses include: 

It is illegal carry a firearm in a vehicle or concealed on your person without a license.  Depending on the specific circumstances, violation of this law may constitute a felony of the third degree.  If the person charged with this offense is otherwise eligible to possess a valid license the grading of the offense is reduced to a misdemeanor of the first degree. 

A person, who is convicted of certain offenses designated by statute, may not possess a firearm at any time or under any circumstances.  Violation of this statue may constitute a felony of the second degree. 

Altering or obliterating the serial numbers on a firearm constitutes a felony of the second degree. 

Weapons Mandatories and Enhancements

In addition to the specific offenses you may be charged with, if you are convicted of a separate offense while possessing the weapon you may be subject to certain mandatory minimums and sentencing enhancements including:

A person convicted of a crime of violence as defined by the statute may be sentenced to a mandatory five years in prison if they visibly possessed a firearm or replica of a firearm, whether or not the firearm was loaded or functional, that placed the victim in reasonable fear of death or serious bodily injury. 

A person convicted of manufacturing, delivering or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, and who possessed or whose accomplice possessed, controlled or had within reach or close proximity to the controlled substance may be subject to a five year mandatory minimum.

Whether you or a member of your family has been charged with a weapons offense, or another offense while possessing a weapon, having an experienced attorney on your side is critical to your ability to defend yourself against the government’s allegations.  I have the knowledge and experience to help you achieve the best possible results.  Call 412-238-4050 or click here to schedule a free consultation and we can discuss the specific circumstances of your case.  I offer flexible office hours, including evenings to work around your schedule.  I look forward to meeting you and discussing with you how I can help.