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Guns & Weapons Charges

Using a weapon in a state or federal crime can subject you to mandatory penalties, including the charge of having an unlicensed weapon or of using said weapon in the commission of a crime. The criminal defense lawyers at Kope & Associates seek to have weapons charges dismissed or, at the very least, reduced, as conviction of crimes related to weapons carry stiff, if not mandatory, penalties. If you are facing any type of weapons charge, from carrying an unregistered firearm to assault with a deadly weapon, contact an attorney at Kope & Associates who will fight to have the charges dismissed if possible, or, if not possible, find alternatives to the charges and penalties. With years of criminal defense experience, the attorneys at Kope & Associates understand the complex laws regarding the illegal use and possession of weapons, as well as the various ways in which possession of a gun or other weapon can be used to increase the prison sentence for other crimes. The attorneys at Kope & Associates provide criminal defense services on the full range of weapons charges, including, but never limited to:

  • Felon in possession of a weapon
  • Possession of a firearm without a license
  • Person not to possess
  • Commission of a crime with a weapon

The defense attorneys at Kope & Associates approach weapons cases much like how they approach other criminal defense cases—they analyze the prosecution's case, making sure that all evidence was collected legally, and determine whether or not there were any mitigating circumstances.

They will also not hesitate to file motions to suppress any evidence illegally seized. For example, if a weapon was found during a search without a warrant, there may be grounds for suppression; likewise, if a weapon was found during a routine traffic stop, they may be able to have that evidence suppressed. In short, the experienced and aggressive attorneys at Kope & Associates will do everything possible to (1) make sure their clients face no weapons charges at all; or (2) face the lowest level of weapons charges possible.

Alternative Sentencing

Conviction of many weapons charges, including those involving drug crimes, carry significant sentences in state or federal prison. Sometimes, even lesser charges result in county jail time. If jail time is unavoidable, the experienced attorneys at Kope & Associates fight to obtain alternatives to jail, including work release or boot camp.


Gun charges are increasingly serious; so, it is important to have an attorney who will defend you vigorously from such charges. Therefore, if you or someone you love has been charged with any criminal offense involving a weapon in Harrisburg, York, or surrounding areas of Pennsylvania, please contact Kope and Associates right away for a free consultation. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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