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Despite having relatively lenient gun laws, Pennsylvania still takes a tough approach to prosecuting crimes involving gun possession or other weapons, particularly in Philadelphia. Throughout the city, there are stricter restrictions on firearms than in other parts of Pennsylvania. If you’ve been arrested for a crime involving gun possession or firearms, you need a tough, knowledgeable, and experienced criminal defense attorney to handle you case.
Attorney Lauren Wimmer has handled numerous criminal cases involving weapons charges and will immediately fight to challenge evidence, the circumstances surrounding your arrest, and work to have your charges reduced or dismissed. For a free and confidential legal consultation, call (215) 712-1212 right away.
Philadelphia weapons charges are often called “VUFA” charges, which stands for “Violation of the Uniform Firearms Act.” The Pennsylvania gun statutes contained within the Uniform Firearms Act distinguish between several different crimes involving the unlawful possession of firearms.
Representing both adults and juveniles, Lauren Wimmer handles a wide array of weapons possession charges. Some of the most common possession-related offenses we handle include the following:
Pennsylvania’s firearms statutes do not make any special sentencing provisions for defendants charged with gun crimes for the first time, though the penalties for transferring or selling firearms can increase for second or subsequent offenses under 18 Pa.C.S. § 6111(h). Even if the defendant has a clean criminal record and has never been charged with a gun crime before, he or she still risks severe penalties if found guilty. These penalties are described below.
Pennsylvania, like many other states, designates most criminal offenses as “misdemeanors” or “felonies.” Some crimes have the potential to be charged as either, depending on the circumstances of the alleged offense.
The penalties that can be imposed for a crime depend largely on how the offense is categorized — and the way an offense is categorized depends on the nature and severity of the crime. Criminal offenses in Pennsylvania, including VUFA charges, may receive the following designations:
Pennsylvania firearms and gun possession crimes can be charged as follows:
The penalties for these offenses may include the following:
If you face gun possession or weapons charges in the Philadelphia area contact Wimmer Criminal Defense or call today for a free consultation at 215-712-1212. We work for an outright dismissal, or to reduce the charges you will face as well as the associated consequences.
If you or someone you love has been charged with weapons possession or related offenses, contact our criminal defense team immediately for a free and confidential consultation.
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