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.