Firearm Charges: What You Need To Know
Pennsylvania law treats gun crimes as a serious matter, and in Philadelphia, any crime involving a deadly weapon is prosecuted harshly. If you’ve been charged with a firearms-related offense, it is important to look beyond the public defender’s office for a well-qualified, experienced criminal defense lawyer. The Law Offices of Joseph Lesniak, LLC, offers effective defense against firearms charges for individuals in Media, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding area.
Understanding Firearms Charges
Some weapons charges relate to illegal acquisition or possession of firearms. Some examples include:
- Straw purchases of guns (buying a weapon for someone who is not legally eligible to purchase)
- Illegal possession of a firearm (applies to former convicts, those under protective abuse orders and other persons who cannot own firearms)
- Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit
In other cases, however, sentence enhancements may be added to existing penalties for those charged with other criminal offenses, such as theft or assault. If you are facing such charges, our gun crimes attorney can help.
A Former Prosecutor, Working For You
Joseph Lesniak is a former prosecutor who understands criminal cases from both sides and builds stronger cases for our clients by anticipating the prosecution’s strategies. He is a successful and aggressive litigator who also knows when not to fight: He will offer an accurate assessment of your case so you can make an informed decision about if a trial is in your best interests.
Attorney Lesniak holds an Avvo rating of 10.0 (“Superb”), a designation which suggests our firm’s dedication to personal attention and superb service. We’ll take the time to listen to your situation, respond to your concerns and ensure that you understand what’s happening at every step of your case. We offer free initial consultations in person or on the phone, and we are available for evening, weekend and off-site meetings by appointment.