PITTSBURGH CARRYING A FIREARM WITHOUT A LICENSE DEFENSE ATTORNEY
If you are charged with Carrying a Firearm Without a License, you are facing very serious penalties upon conviction. On top of facing serious charges, many District Attorneys refuse to offer plea deals on gun cases. As such, it's critical to hire an experienced, aggressive gun crimes defense lawyer to take on your case.
CARRYING A FIREARM WITHOUT A LICENSE DEFINED
The Carrying a Firearm Without a License statute is found at Title 18 Section 6106. Under this statute, a person can be charged with this offense if:
- They carry a firearm without a lawfully issued license;
- The firearm is carried in a vehicle or concealed on or about his or her person;
- The firearm is NOT being carried at the person's residence or fixed place of business.
This offense is typically graded as a 3rd-degree felony, punishable by up to 7 years in state prison. If the person was otherwise eligible to obtain a lawfully issued license, and does not commit any other crime, the grading is reduced to a 1st-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
If the person was not eligible for a license, and has a prior conviction for certain types of crimes, they may also be charged with Person Not to Possess.
WHAT IS A FIREARM UNDER THIS SECTION?
Not every gun is a firearm under this section of the law. A firearm is defined as a pistol or revolver with a barrel length less than 15 inches, a shotgun with a barrel length less than 18 inches, or any rifle with a barrel length less than 16 inches, or any pistol, revolver, rifle or shotgun with an overall length of less than 26 inches. When measuring, the barrel length is determined by measuring from the muzzle of the barrel to the face of the bolt or cylinder.
Furthermore, to qualify as a firearm, the gun must be "operable," or capable of firing a projectile.
HOW THE ZUCKERMAN LAW FIRM CAN HELP
If you are charged with Carrying a Firearm Without a License, call the Zuckerman Law Firm today at 412-447-5580 for a free consultation. There are many ways to fight a gun case, which may possibly include:
- No DNA or fingerprint evidence recovered;
- Police violations of your constitutional rights during traffic stops and stop & frisk encounters;
- The firearm was owned or possessed by another individual, or was readily accessible by another person who was within close proximity to the firearm;
As a former gun crimes prosecutor with extensive trial experience, Attorney Dave Zuckerman will fight your gun charges from your preliminary hearing all the way through trial, if applicable. Call us today at 412-447-5580.