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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, & Knox

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, & Knox. 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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I received a speeding ticket while traveling through Erie, PA. Steve and his expert team took care of everything while I was 600 miles away in North Carolina. He greatly reduced my conviction and fines. Valerie on his team took the time to hand-hold me through the process. I truly appreciate all that Steve and his team did to resolve this positively for me.

 
Diane Erie, PATraffic Violation Defense

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...

 
Michael

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

Mr. Sebald is honest with you from the beginning and will do everything he can to get the best possible outcome.

 
MichaelErie, PA

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

Eric was great. Very professional and very knowledgeable of the law. Attorney Hackwelder and his partner were able to resolve my particular case quickly and to my benefit. Good job!

 
Tom

I was in a rough spot and Attorney Sebald exceeded my expectations while being fair and upfront about the possible outcomes. I was impressed by his knowledge and navigation of the law, but also by his relationships within that community.

 
Tim

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 just wanna say that I am overly satisfied with Mr Sebald! I recommend if you have any troubles to contact him and his partner Mr Hackwelder. The both did a Great job thank you guys!

 
Jerry

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 everything he can to get the best possible outcome. I was facing some pretty serious consequences and through his advice, guidance and representation I not only was able to avoid Jail time but also get help for my problem with alcohol. I truly believe if it weren't for him I would not be where I am today. After hiring Attorney Sebald he traveled to Lycoming county to represent me for my preliminary hearing and sentencing. He called and spoke with the D.A., judges as well as other attorneys in that area. He also represented me here in Erie county for my preliminary hearing as well as sentencing. He does his research. I would strongly recommend Mr Sebald to anyone who needs legal representation.

 
Michael
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