The right to bear arms is a fundamental civil right in the U.S. and Pennsylvania. But with federal and state gun laws, you can find yourself charged with a crime simply for possessing a weapon, even if you haven't committed any other crime. If this happens to you, you need an experienced Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer to guide you through the criminal justice system and protect your rights.
Common Pennsylvania Weapons Charges
- Illegal Possession of a Firearm: In Pennsylvania, you don't have to register all weapons, but you have to obtain them legally. Moreover, Pennsylvania bans the possession of some weapons such as sawed-off shotguns and automatic weapons. Possession of a banned weapon or an illegally obtained firearm could lead to criminal charges.
- Possession of an Unregistered Firearm: While you don't necessarily have to register all guns in Pennsylvania, we have laws about transferring guns between owners. As a result, you must record these transactions with the state. Failure to do so could lead to criminal charges.
- Unlawful Use of a Firearm: In Pennsylvania, we have strict rules about where and when you can legally fire a gun. Failure to comply with these rules can lead to a charge for unlawful use of a firearm.
- Theft Charges: Stealing a gun or selling a stolen gun can lead to serious criminal charges in Pennsylvania.
- Other Criminal Charges: Criminal charges can be more severe if guns are involved in committing crimes like robbery, kidnapping, rape, and more. A defendant could face felony charges both for the original crime and a weapons charge.
- Possession of a Deadly Weapon: If a weapon is used to commit a serious criminal charge such as murder or assault, the accused could also face charges for possession of a deadly weapon.
- Carrying a Concealed Handgun Without a License: You can carry a gun in Pennsylvania if you have a license. But even with a license, it is illegal to carry a weapon in certain areas like a school or courtroom without authorization.
Hire an Experienced Pennsylvania Lawyer
If you're facing charges in Pennsylvania for a weapons violation, you need a criminal defense attorney well versed in handling gun and weapons charges. Attorney John D’Intino, Jr. has been defending the rights of Pennsylvanians for years. He works hard for his clients, and he can help you too. Contact the D’Intino Law Firm in Pennsylvania today at 267-491-9111.