Pennsylvania takes their gun laws very seriously and if you are facing any type of a weapons charge, you need to hire a Philadelphia weapons charges attorney immediately. The potential penalties for firearms charges are very serious and in nearly all cases, can result in jail time if you are convicted. A conviction on a firearms charge will follow you for the rest of your life and may impact your ability to own a firearm, find work and even find a place to live.
Attorney John F. Rooney, V explains PA firearms laws
As with most other states, Pennsylvania has a number of laws on the books intended to not only protect the rights of gun owners but also to protect the general public from danger. Some of the gun laws you need to be aware of include:
- Prohibited weapons – the law prohibits the ownership or possession of several types of weapons including grenades, shotguns with a barrel sawed off to less than 18 inches long, machine guns and guns with a silencer among others
- Who cannot own a weapon – under Pennsylvania laws, certain people may not possess any type of firearm. Some of these people include those who have been convicted of violent crimes involving a weapon, those who have served more than two years in prison for drug charges and those who have been deemed incompetent. Even a person who has been convicted of more than three DUI charges may not possess any type of firearm. As explained by the Law Office of John F. Rooney, V, these are only a few of the “classifications” of people who may not own a firearm
- Crimes involving weapons – it is also important to understand that when you are arrested for another crime, you may face “enhanced” charges if you are also in possession of a weapon, even if the weapon is legally registered and owned
Understanding the penalties
Penalties for crimes involving a weapon are very serious and you must understand the minimum penalties you could be facing. Weapons charges include:
- Misdemeanor charges may be classified as first or second degree. For a first degree conviction you may face up to five years of jail time and fines of up to $10,000. Second degree conviction could result in a $5,000 fine and two years of jail time.
- Felony charges are more serious and if convicted of a third degree felony you may be facing seven years of jail time and fines of up to $15,000. A second degree felony conviction could result in upwards of ten years in prison and fines of up to $25,000.
Do not take chances when you are facing any type of firearms charges, call me immediately. I’m John Rooney. I solve problems. I have the know-how and experience to help defend you against Philadelphia weapons charges.