In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, if a weapon was used in the commission of a crime, or was allegedly in your possession at the time of the crime you face sentencing enhancements. A sentencing enhancement increases the length of your sentence if convicted. Pennsylvania has severe weapons offense laws which could conceivably add several years to your sentence depending on the circumstances of your case. An experienced Pennsylvania weapons offenses defense attorney can represent you in weapons charges including:
- Carrying a concealed weapon
- Carrying a weapon without required permits
- Being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm
When weapons charges are involved in any violent crime, including domestic abuse, assault, homicide, stalking, and kidnapping the defendant is at greater risk for severe sentencing if convicted. Even a simple altercation can be construed as aggravated assault or attempted murder.
In Pennsylvania, weapons laws are not restricted to handguns and the state has a long list of prohibited offensive weapons including:
- Any bomb
- Machine gun
- Sawed-off shotgun with a barrel shorter than 18 inches
- Firearm specifically made or modified with a silencer
- Metal knuckles
- Stun gun
- Stun baton
- Taser, or any electronic weapon
An experienced Pennsylvania criminal attorney is your best defense
An experienced Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney can investigate the circumstances of your case and mount an effective defense. Whether you were unaware of registry expiration, that you were violating concealed weapons laws, your constitutional rights were violated by law enforcement or other circumstances brought about the weapons charge. Contact the Law Offices of John E. Kusturiss, Jr. online or call (610) 565-0240 and schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your weapons offense case today.