Were you or a loved one charged with a gun crime in Bucks County, PA? If so, our lead attorney, David C. McKenzie III, can fight for your rights. Working with a lawyer is about more than representation, though. We provide advice, legal explanations, and guidance to all of our clients.
You deserve to have your rights protected. Our criminal defense lawyer can protect you and fight for a better outcome than you might be able to achieve on your own.
Services We Provide for Clients with Gun Crime Charges
If you’ve been charged with a gun crime, you probably feel uncertain about your future. As your attorneys, we don’t want to add to that uncertainty by keeping you in the dark. We are accessible to clients through email, text, phone, and social media.
We can assist you in several ways, including:
- Providing frequent case updates
- Explaining the pros and cons of your legal options
- Representing you inside and outside of court
- Fighting to reduce or completely dismiss your charges
These services are joined by a case investigation. Our legal team can review the events surrounding your alleged gun crime and gather relevant evidence. Then, we can work towards building a compelling defense.
Helping You Understand Your Case
Legal matters are complex–especially, laws surrounding gun crimes in Pennsylvania.
We recognize that the average person probably has limited knowledge of local laws and codes. So, when you work with us, we’ll keep it simple. We can provide you with detailed, yet straightforward explanations of your charges and advise you on your best course of action. Being charged with a gun crime is stressful–figuring out what you should do next doesn’t need to be.
Accolades and Awards
David C. McKenzie III has worked in the legal sector for years, first as an Assistant District Attorney (ADA) and then in private practice. His work as an ADA means he understands both defense and prosecution and can apply this knowledge and experience to your case. These are some of our firm’s notable accolades and awards:
- Avvo Rating 10 – superb
- Five-star average rating on Google reviews
- The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
Common Types of Gun Crime Cases in Bucks County, PA
We can support gun crime clients through a variety of cases, including:
- Minor possession of a firearm
- Illegal concealed carry
- Concealed carry with a previous criminal conviction
- Firearm theft
- Tampering with firearm serial numbers
- Committing a crime while in possession of a firearm
- Illegally distributing firearms
Under Pennsylvania state law, there are many different kinds of gun crimes. If you don’t see your charge here, don’t fret. Our team can review your case during a free initial consultation to determine your eligibility.
Why Should I Work With a Gun Crime Lawyer?
There are a few key reasons why hiring a gun crime lawyer could help, including:
- Gun crimes are high-stakes charges: Many types of gun crime convictions carry felonies. If you receive a felony conviction, it’ll likely be on your record for the rest of your life. The goal of working with a gun crime lawyer is to reduce your chance of a conviction.
- Not everyone knows their rights: Every resident of Bucks County, PA, has the right to due legal process, among other protections. A lawyer can ensure that you understand the full scope of your legal protections and make sure your rights aren’t being violated.
- A private attorney may have more time to dedicate to your case: If you don’t hire a private attorney, a public defender will be assigned to your case. Oftentimes, public defenders are overworked and underpaid. A private gun crime lawyer may have more time and energy to dedicate to your case.
Should I Plead Guilty in My Gun Crime Case?
It depends on the status of your case. Pleading guilty is commonly known as entering a “plea deal.” In many gun crime cases, this makes more sense than going to trial. You may want to enter a plea deal if prosecutors have strong evidence. These are some of the benefits of entering a plea deal:
- Allows your lawyer to negotiate the terms of your sentencing
- Could result in less jail time and reduced charges
- Avoids going to trial, which can be costly and time-consuming
Our lead gun crime lawyer can negotiate on your behalf during a plea deal. We’ll never force you to accept a plea deal – we’ll simply explain the pros and cons of doing so. If you choose to enter a plea deal, we’ll fight for your rights to be protected.
Will I Go to Prison if I Was Charged With a Gun Crime?
Charges and convictions are two different legal concepts. A charge is a legal accusation, meaning law enforcement has evidence that suggests you’ve committed a crime. A conviction means that a jury has decided that you’ve committed a crime – from there, it’s up to a judge to decide your sentencing.
Similarly, gun crimes in Bucks County, PA have their sentencing and penalties. For example:
- Illegally concealed carrying a firearm: Can result in a first-degree misdemeanor
- Illegally concealed carrying a firearm with a previous offense: Can result in a third-degree felony
Therefore, just because you’ve been charged with a gun crime doesn’t mean you’ll go to prison — it depends on the crime you’ve committed and the outcome of legal proceedings.
A plea deal could remove or lower your prison sentence. We could also get your charges completely dismissed in court. If you’re concerned about your charge and its penalties, we can discuss them during an initial consultation. We can also make sure that you understand the penalties associated with your gun crime charge.
Hire a Bucks County, PA Gun Crime Lawyer Today
We understand that gun crime charges are inherently stressful. Let us be your legal guide, advisor, and representative. You deserve peace of mind and the chance to secure a better tomorrow. Contact our offices for a free initial consultation today.