Philadelphia gun charges lawyer
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Although Philadelphia has relatively lenient gun laws, it has harsh penalties for violent crimes involving firearms or gun possession. Because of this, if you’ve been charged with illegal possession of a firearm, you should hire an aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you.
Whether you are charged with carrying a gun without a permit or carrying a firearm in public, the criminal defense attorneys at Derek Steenson Attorney At Law, will explain your weapons charges and help you build a solid defense.
Contact a Criminal Lawyer in Philadelphia at (215) 253-8658 for a free, confidential consultation.
Philadelphia gun permits
Anyone 21 years or older can acquire a concealed carry permit. However, if you’re a non-resident, you must have a permit from your home state to obtain a permit in Pennsylvania. Fortunately, there’s no training needed to obtain a permit.
Outside of Philadelphia, carrying a firearm openly is legal, and no carry permit is required. However, you need a license to carry a concealed firearm (even in your motor vehicle). Carrying a gun in any manner on public property and the streets of Philadelphia requires you to have a gun license.
You don’t need a permit to carry a firearm in your home or places of business.
Philadelphia requirements for getting a gun license
Regardless of the type of firearm you’d like to acquire, the paperwork and the background check are the same. Each state conducts a mandatory federal background check through the National Instant Check system through a 4473 form.
However, Pennsylvania takes the background check a notch higher with a ‘Record of Sale’ form that requires further knowledge from someone buying a handgun.
In the gun license application form, you’ll fill out your basic information. You’ll also provide details about your criminal and mental health history. After completing the application, take it in person to the Gun Permits Units along with the following:
- A photocopy of your driver’s license
- Names, addresses, and phone numbers of two references
- A $20.00 fee for a five-year license and out-of-state processing.
Pennsylvania instant check
After presenting the form, your information will be entered into the Pennsylvania Instant Check System. Your eligibility to own a gun will depend on the results of the check. Usually, the check takes a few minutes.
If you’ve been convicted of certain criminal charges in the past, you will be barred from purchasing a firearm. You can also not own a gun if there’s an active abuse order against you or if you have been convicted of criminal charges in another state.
If this process is confusing, our team of professional gun lawyers can help you with the application to acquire any firearm you desire.
Pennsylvania gun and firearm penalties
The three main categories of gun charges under Pennsylvania’s Uniform Firearms Act include:
- Carrying a firearm without a license: This is when you carry a firearm in a vehicle or conceal a firearm, except in a home or a place of work/business, without a legal license. If you are not eligible for a legal license, the offense is a third-degree felony and carries a punishment of up to seven years in prison. But if you’re eligible for a valid carrying license, the offense is treated as a first-degree misdemeanor.
- Possession of a firearm with an altered manufacturer’s number: This law prohibits you from possessing a firearm with a removed, altered, or changed manufacturer’s number. It’s treated as a second-degree felony punishable by up to ten years in prison.
- Persons not to possess a gun: If you have been convicted of certain offenses, you are not eligible to possess, use, control, sell, or manufacture a firearm and may not obtain a license for that same purpose. The convictions that disqualify you from possessing a firearm include homicide and manslaughter, possession with intent to deliver (PWID), sex crimes, burglary, and armed robbery.
Philadelphia gun charges lawyer
Gun charges normally carry heavy penalties. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer who understands what to look for and do in gun charge defense trials. It could mean the difference between the highest sentence or reduced penalties.
The criminal defense attorneys at Derek Steenson Attorney at Law will review the specifics of your case and will create solid defenses, including illegal search, and challenge actual or constructive possession of the gun. Our goal is to have the case dropped or the charges reduced for lesser penalties.
Contact us at (215)253-8658 for your initial confidential consultation with an experienced lawyer.