Pennsylvania Gun Offenses Lawyer
While gun offenses carry serious weight on their own, they are most problematic when they are aggravating factors to other crimes. If you face any gun offense of any kind, you want an experienced attorney protecting your rights. At the Bucks County law offices of Attorney Niels C. Eriksen, we protect the accused facing all types of gun offenses and related charges in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania.
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While it is legal to carry a gun with proper documentation and gun licenses in Pennsylvania, there are certain instances where the possession of a firearm or other illegal weapon will result in weapons charges, including:
- Convicted Felon in possession
- Straw purchases
- Possession of an unregistered gun
- Possession of a stolen gun
- Possession of an instrument of crime
- Possession of a sawed-off shotgun or automatic weapon
While the possession of an illegal weapon is a serious crime in and of itself, it is often most dangerous when it is an aggravating factor to another crime, such as:
- Using a gun or visibly possessing one in the commission of a crime carries a mandatory five to ten years on top of the underlying offense.
- Possession of a gun in close proximity to a drug offense is a mandatory five to ten year enhancement.
Defenses and Enhancing or Mitigating Factors
There are a number of enhancing and mitigating factors involved in gun offenses. While fighting your charges and working to minimize the potential consequences, it is important to ask the following questions:
- Do you have any prior felonies or gun offenses?
- Was the gun lawfully owned?
- Was your gun stolen or connected to another crime?
- Can police tie the gun to you other than the fact that you were in the same car or house?
- If the gun was used in a crime, who else had access to it?
Taking a closer look at your specific case, we will answer these questions and more as we determine how to build the best possible defense.
Open during weekly business hours, our Bucks County law offices also offer evening and weekend appointments. Available for our clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we are able to make jail visits and attend bond hearings as well. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.