Charges related to gun crimes often carry stiff consequences. So, to protect your rights and minimize the consequences you face for a gun crime in Bucks County, you can count on the Bristol, PA, gun crime lawyer and support team at McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., to evaluate your case and build a defense. You deserve a firm that knows Pennsylvania law and will fight for your best interests.
How Our Firm Supports You Through Your Gun Crime Case
Besides fighting to minimize the consequences you face, we also try to reduce the stress of going through this process. Therefore, we promise the following:
- 24/7 availability and prompt return of calls and emails
- Regular updates on your case
- Easy-to-understand explanation of your rights and options
- Efforts to reduce or dismiss the charges
- Representation regarding all matters related to your case
- Experience with Pennsylvania law
Once you sign on as a client, you can contact us anytime for questions, assistance, or updates. Attorney David McKenzie is accessible via email, phone, text, and social media.
What Past Clients Say About David McKenzie and McKenzie Law Firm, P.C.
- “Very professional and made me feel like I truly had the right people in my corner. Worked with me and made me feel like more than just a client!” – Eric Gadelha
- “David is an excellent communicator and is extremely thorough explaining all possible paths the case may take. … Despite the fact I had a tough case, he extended the case in order for him to provide the best legal defense and counsel he could.” – John Robbins
Read more on our testimonials page.
Options Our Gun Crime Lawyer Can Use to Help You
The specifics of your case will dictate the strategy we employ to defend you. However, in some cases, we can work to prevent the filing of charges against you if there are issues with your arrest.
Violation of Your Rights
Just because someone accuses you of a crime does not mean you relinquish fundamental rights. For example, we can investigate violations like:
- Failure to read your Miranda rights
- Lack of probable cause
- Unlawful search and seizure
One of the most fundamental aspects of any case is the reading of Miranda rights, explaining your right to remain silent and have a lawyer present during questioning. If the police officer didn’t read your Miranda rights to you in full, we can use that in your defense and work to have charges dropped or prevent prosecutors from filing them.
The police also must have a justifiable reason for arresting and charging you with a gun crime. They cannot perform illegal searches without evidence. So, if you suspect law enforcement officials violated your rights or are unsure of your rights, a Bristol, PA, gun crime lawyer from our firm can defend you.
Police must maintain the chain of custody when handling evidence. This requirement prevents tampering. So, a failure to maintain the chain of custody could help us in your case.
In addition, if police relied on a witness who lied or provided inaccurate information, we could use that as a defense against a weapons charge.
Common Gun Charges in Bristol, Pennsylvania
Don’t wait to seek help if you face gun crime charges. Instead, we can step in immediately to start working on your case. Our firm can represent any of the following gun crime scenarios.
Licensing and Possession Charges
Although you don’t need a license to carry simply to own a firearm, you do need one to carry a concealed weapon or have one in your vehicle per 18 PA C.S. § 6106. Exceptions exist—for example, carrying a weapon for hunting or target shooting—but there are additional rules surrounding these exceptions.
Charges range from a first-degree misdemeanor to a third-degree felony. Attorney David McKenzie can protect your rights and work to minimize the consequences you face for a licensing or possession issue.
Crimes Related to Gun Sales and Transportation
The Commonwealth has requirements for buying, selling, and moving guns. For example, you must:
- Undergo a background check to purchase a gun
- Never sell a firearm to someone prohibited from owning one (e.g., felons)
- Have a licensed firearm dealer handle handgun transfers at their place of business
- Have a licensed firearm dealer manage any transfers to someone in another state
These are just a few requirements outlined by the Pennsylvania State Police.
Regardless of the type of gun sale or transportation crime in your case, we can investigate, gather evidence in your defense, and pursue the best possible outcome.
Illegal Firearms in Pennsylvania
According to 18 PA C.S. § 908, you cannot use, sell, repair, or deal with offensive weapons. Among those listed are:
- Machine guns
- Sawed-off shotguns
- Firearms made for concealment
- Firearms made for silent discharge
The penalty for violating this law is a first-degree misdemeanor. So, first, the gun charge attorney from our firm can determine if the firearm in your Bristol case is an offensive weapon. Then, our team can craft a strategy for defending against a prohibited firearms charge.
This charge refers to whether Pennsylvania honors gun laws from other states. For example, you may not be able to carry a concealed weapon in Bristol just because you have a concealed carry license from another state, according to the Office of the Attorney General. Reciprocity depends on agreements with specific states.
Reciprocity issues are especially distressing to out-of-state visitors unaware of the law. If you traveled through Bristol and now face a gun charge, you could get help from our team and use our experience with the state’s laws.
Crimes Committed With a Gun
Do you face charges of theft, assault, or intimidation while using a firearm? These are very serious charges and require very serious representation. Attorney David McKenzie can defend you against both the gun charge and the other criminal charges, approaching each with equal dedication.
Get Help Today Protecting Your Rights for a Gun Crime Charge
Put David McKenzie to work right now as your gun crime lawyer in Bristol, PA. Our team is available 24/7 to answer your questions and address your criminal defense matter. So, don’t wait to get help in protecting your rights and defending your future. Contact us now.