Weapons Offenses and Drug Crimes
Philadelphia Defense Attorney Fighting Gun Charges and Trafficking
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the federal government both include weapons offenses among the crimes that require minimum mandatory sentencing.
If a gun is used in the commission of a crime, or is in your possession at the time of a crime, it adds "enhancements" to your sentence if you are convicted of that crime. For example, if sentencing guidelines give a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years, a weapons offense can add a 6 or 7 point "bump" to your sentencing score. Each bump is 10 months of prison time. You are now looking at 15 years in prison.
Regardless of the seriousness of your crime, possession of a handgun at the time will have a significant effect.
- If you were arrested for felony possession with intent to deliver and you have a gun, 50 months will be added to your time if you are convicted.
- If you are arrested for selling a nickel bag of marijuana, and have an unregistered gun in your pocket, you are now looking at 5 to 10 years in prison.
A large amount of drugs and a large number of guns and you face weapons trafficking charges and possible gang-related charges that could be subject to the terrorist activity provisions under the Patriot Act.
When you're facing serious gun charges, you need a serious defense
Contact the law office of Patrick Artur & Associates to talk to an aggressive and effective defense lawyer. No case is too large for us to handle.
For 30 years we've been tackling tough state and federal drug crimes cases from drug sales to drug smuggling. We use every legal means to suppress evidence gained through illegal search and seizure or through police misconduct. We thorough investigate all police claims to identify weaknesses in their case. We leave no stone unturned.
Mr. Artur reviews and tries every case personally. He works with all new clients one-to-one to ensure they understand the criminal court process and their options in a case. You will receive personal attention.
If you're facing a gun charge along with a narcotics crime, contact our Philadelphia criminal defense attorneys for immediate help.