Pittsburgh Gun and Weapons Criminal Defense Lawyers Provide Effective Counsel
Western Pennsylvania firm represents people accused of firearms offenses
Many Pennsylvanians rely on firearms and other weapons to protect themselves and their families. Others enjoy hunting or sport shooting. Unfortunately, failing to keep up with paperwork or bringing your gun with you to town might lead to a significant criminal charge. From our office in Downtown Pittsburgh, Phil DiLucente & Associates assists area residents who are being prosecuted for a weapons-related offense. We defend owners of hand guns and other weapons so that they can avoid unjust penalties linked to allegations of unauthorized possession and use of a firearm.
Diligent attorneys handle cases stemming from alleged permit violations
In Allegheny County and the surrounding communities, we advocate on behalf of gun owners who have been accused of:
- Permit violations — You cannot carry a concealed firearm without a valid permit.
- Possession near a school — Even if you have a firearm license for carrying a loaded gun while concealed in public, that does not permit you to carry a loaded gun in "safety zones" that surround school property. These zones extend 150 yards beyond buildings, playgrounds and other areas that are attached to the property of an educational institution or day care center. This is a first-degree misdemeanor, which means that a sentence could include prison time of up to five years.
- Weapon use or threat in the commission of an alleged crime — Possessing a firearm with the intent to use it as part of a crime is also a first-degree misdemeanor. You can be charged with this offense even if the weapon was not used. For example, using an unloaded gun to threaten someone while robbing them qualifies under this statute.
Whatever charge you face, our Western Pennsylvania criminal defense attorneys are ready to stand up for your rights and work to potentially achieve a favorable outcome.
Zealous litigators advise on potential defenses to weapons charges
Though the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives Americans the right to bear arms, strict rules regulating gun possession are permitted. A conviction at either the state or federal level could result in a long period of incarceration. Within Pennsylvania, carrying a firearm without a license is a third-degree felony under 18 Pa. Code §6106, which means that a prison sentence upon conviction can run for up to seven years and a $15,000 fine. If you’re accused of illegal conduct related to a weapon, it’s important to find a diligent attorney who will defend you against these allegation how to fight back against these allegations. Our firm investigates whether traffic stops and other searches had proper legal justification and may attempt to exclude evidence when police officers violate your rights.
Contact a Pittsburgh lawyer for a free consultation regarding a gun or weapons charge
Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, Phil DiLucente & Associates, LLC provides comprehensive defense representation to Western Pennsylvania clients accused of criminal misconduct involving guns or other weapons. To schedule a free consultation, please call 1.800.GET.PHIL or contact us online.