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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 is a very knowledgeable lawyer! I got a DUI with a BAC of 2.16 and walked away with only 6 months probation and didn't lose my license! I can't thank this man enough! Thank you Stephen for all the hard work you put into my case!

 
Matthew

Because I listened to his expert advice, I will serve NO prison time, NO jail time, and my fine was minimal. Thanks again Stephen for a tough uphill battle, and you never gave up.

 
JohnErie, PA

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

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

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

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

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

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

I have many good things to say about Mr. Hackwelder and his team. From the beginning he came to our aid last minute and were good at keeping open lines of communication with me and my family. They worked on our case up to the last possible moment and even met with me on weekends. He answered all my questions throughout the whole process, was polite and did not waste time. The case was an extremely hard one, and the legal system was a bear to work with, but Mr. Hackwelder showed up every time with lots of energy and a positive attitude. He never promised what could not be done, but our results were extremely positive, in part to his hard work and constant attention to important details. I highly recommend him and his team. Mr. Hackwelder, I believe, went above and beyond the call of duty in our unique circumstance.

 
April

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!

 
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