Philadelphia Gun Charges Lawyers
In Pennsylvania, carrying a firearm on your person or in your car, without a permit to carry, can result in a felony charge. Even if you are a first-time offender who didn't commit a crime with the handgun, you could be sentenced to state prison or face a lengthy stay in the county prison if convicted. A conviction for simply possessing a handgun will result in a criminal record for the rest of your life and may prevent you from ever being able to legally purchase a handgun again.
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.
In Pennsylvania it is not a crime to have a handgun in your residence or business without a permit to carry. There are also other exceptions to the law as long as you are transporting your firearm to a designated shooting range and have the weapon properly secured and unloaded. However, if you take a gun outside your home or business, you risk a felony and a state prison sentence if you don't have a permit to carry, also called a permit to carry a concealed firearm. 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 arrested and charged with a gun crime, you need a skilled, aggressive attorney who knows the law. Often the best defense in any gun possession case is to convince the court or judge to suppress, or throw out, the evidence of the gun because the police conducted either an illegal stop or search. In Philadelphia, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware and Bucks county 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, that 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, it will be impossible for the government to secure a conviction against you.
Call Scarpello & LaTour today and speak directly with one of our skilled attorneys about your gun case. We have one hundreds of cases for our clients and we are ready to win for you..
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