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Firearm and Gun Crime Attorneys in Erie, PA

Weapons charges and possession of firearm charges in Pennsylvania are some of the hardest cases to deal with in the United States. If you are found outside of your home or business with a weapon without a valid permit, whether you are authorized to own a weapon at either location, you could risk obtaining major weapons charges.

Gun Crime Defense Attorneys Erie PA Sebald Hackwelder Orton

Types of Gun Charges in PA

  • Carrying a Firearm Without a License
  • Persons Not to Possess
  • Unlawful Sale/Transfer of a Firearm
  • Firearm Theft
  • Weapon on School Property
  • Possession of Firearm With Altered Manufacturer's Number
  • Possessing Criminal Instruments

Our criminal defense attorneys in Erie, PA, fight to protect the rights of gun owners charged with possession of firearm and other weapons charges under Pennsylvania Law. Our gun crime attorneys are often called upon to speak to other criminal defense attorneys on state and federal firearm legislation, the Second Amendment, and self-defense laws.

We understand how quickly gun crime cases can escalate. If you are charged with possession of a firearm or any other weapons charges, then contact our criminal defense attorneys at Sebald Hackwelder Orton. We will help you defend your rights and battle your charges.

PA Gun Crime FAQs

What are the penalties for a firearm offense in pennsylvania?

You could potentially receive a statutory penalty including:

  • Third-degree misdemeanor– Incarceration up to one year and a fine up to $2,000.
  • Second-degree misdemeanor– Incarceration up to two years and a fine up to $5,000.
  • First-degree misdemeanor– Incarceration up to five years and a fine up to $10,000.
  • Third-degree felony– Incarceration up to seven years and a fine up to $15,000.
  • Second-degree felony– Incarceration up to 10 years and a fine up to $25,000.
  • First-degree felony– Incarceration up to 20 years and a fine up to $25,000.
What is Pennsylvania's firearms law?

In Pennsylvania, you may buy and own guns as long as there is not a law that specifically prohibits you from purchasing or possessing a firearm. A permit is not needed to purchase handguns, shotguns, or rifles, though you will have to go through a background check. Also, firearms registration is not required once you possess them. There are a variety of licenses available to increase your freedom with firearms.

Where can I legally carry a firearm without a license?

The only exceptions for carrying a firearm without a license are carrying a concealed firearm  in your home and carrying a firearm in your fixed place of business.

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Stephen Sebald far exceeded my expectations. As a result of trusting in his extensive knowledge of the law & him working diligently on my case, charges were substantially reduced. He was always on call & went above & beyond in my case. Excellent defense attorney!

 
Shelley

Attorney Sebald did a great job handling my case. I was cited improperly for a traffic accident, and Steve and his partner were able to resolve the situation quickly and with great professionalism.

 
Tom

I hired Eric for someone who was facing serious felony charges. He is a fairly young man with a young child who he absolutely adores. He had made mistakes and I didn't feel he needed to go to jail and be separated from that child. Eric was extremely helpful and actually, you could tell that he took this case personally because of all of the time and effort he put into the case. He was always available to us and his family. When it came time for the sentencing we all thought he was going to jail. When the judge sentenced him to 3 years parole we were all extremely happy. I can not say enough good things to say about Eric.

 
Jeffrey

I would highly recommend Attorney Hackwelder. My case was different than most but he went out of his way to do his research to make sure things went my way. He won the case for me and if I ever need another attorney I will call him again.

 
Pam

Steve has helped us numerous times. He has been there for us when ever we call and made himself available in a moments notice when necessary. He knows just what to do and is also great at dealing with the emotional side of the situation. We trust him completely and would highly recommend Steve.

 
Rhonda

I am more than pleased with my experience with attorney Hackwelder. He is knowledgeable and got us a great result. I would highly recommend hiring Attorney Hackwelder.

 
Anonymous

Eric has helped us numerous times. He has been there for us when ever we call and made himself available in a moments notice, when necessary. He knows just what to do and is also great at dealing with the emotional side of the situation. We trust him completely and would highly recommend Eric.

 
Rhonda

Mr. Hackwelder and Mr. Sebald both worked very diligently to a resolution of a very serious case. My son was accused of a crime that would have cost him his freedom and caused irreparable harm to his reputation and his family unit. A conviction would have led to certain alienation of his rights as a father. My son, a provider and a family man was accused by a third party with an obvious agenda. Both Hackwelder and Sebald did exactly as the indicated at our first meeting. They said that this case would end up dismissed and it was. They were able to successfully demonstrate to the district attorney that there was no way that this case would be successfully prosecuted because of the lack of evidence, improper conduct and the overt agenda of the accusing party. I would not hesitate to ask Eric Hackwelder or Stephen Sebald to represent my loved ones again and you definitely shouldn't look any further.

 
Michael

We were extremely satisfied with Attorney Sebald and Attorney Hackwelder. Highly recommend. You want that piece of mind when you get into legal trouble call these guys. You won't be disappointed.

 
Sonia

Attorney Sebald represented me in 2005 for a DUI. So when I was facing legal problems again in 2015 for getting 3 DUI's in a 5 month period due to an addiction to alcohol I knew I needed him to represent me again. Mr. Sebald truly cares about his clients. I met with him we discussed my case and what I was facing. He guided me on what I should do. He doesn't sugar coat things. Mr. Sebald is honest with you from the beginning and will do...

 
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