Illegal gun possession cases come in many varieties: individuals may be prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a prior conviction; a gun may be recovered from an individual lacking the proper license to carry it concealed on his person; law enforcement may be conducting an investigation relating to “straw” or illegal gun purchases.
As a former Philadelphia District Attorney who was assigned to the Habitual Offender and Dangerous Drug Offender Units, I know how to evaluate and prepare your case involving illegal firearms charges.
Often times, gun charges are paired with other offenses, such as Aggravated Assault, Robbery, and drug-related offenses. It is important to know how these charges interact with one another. Firearms charges can stand to substantially lengthen the potential sentences faced by those charged with these crimes.
As with drug cases, charges related to the illegal possession of a firearm may turn on a successful pre-trial motion to suppress. If the evidence recovered by the government was obtained as a result of an illegal search and/or search warrant not supported by probable cause – facts that would lead a reasonably prudent and intelligent person to conclude that a crime had occurred – then your counsel may be able to suppress that evidence by filing and litigating pre-trial motions. Suppressed evidence may not be used against you at trial and, in some cases, may lead to a dismissal of all charges prior to trial.