Philadelphia Gun Charge Lawyers
In Pennsylvania, if you commit any serious felony (including a drug crime) with a real or fake handgun, you are looking at a mandatory minimum prison sentence of five to ten years. Even if you are a first-time offender who didn't commit a crime with the handgun, you would be sentenced to state prison for one to two years if you are convicted.
A simple mistake of carrying a handgun in your car or on your person without a permit can have a devastating effect on your life. That's why we offer a free initial consultation to explain your options in simple, easy-to-understand language.
It is not a crime to have a handgun in your residence or business. But the minute you take that gun outside your home or business, you risk a felony and a state prison sentence if you don't have a gun permit. We have represented clients who were driving to the shooting range when they were pulled over for a traffic stop and police found the gun. Even if you had an expired permit which you had forgotten to renew, the courts will still treat possession of the weapon as a felony.
If you have been charged with a gun crime, you need a skilled attorney who knows what arguments to make. The number one defense in any gun case is suppression of the evidence. In Philadelphia, police often approach someone simply because they match the description of an individual from an anonymous trip. If the police search and find a gun, the evidence can be thrown out. A gun found as a result of an illegal stop and search of a motor vehicle can also be suppressed. If the gun gets thrown out in a gun case, that's a not-guilty verdict.
Free initial consultation: Contact Philadelphia criminal defense lawyers Scarpello & LaTour for a free evaluation of your case.