Being arrested on charges related to
firearms can have a negative impact on a person's life. The person may be sentenced
to prison if found guilty, thus losing his or her freedom for years. Even
after his or her release from prison, the individual may encounter challenges,
such as difficulty finding jobs. It is for this reason that anyone facing
gun charges has the right to aggressively defend him or herself in the
Pennsylvania criminal justice system.
One man in Pennsylvania entered a guilty plea in connection with firearm
charges stemming from events that occurred at a nightclub. He is accused
of assaulting a 24-year-old man at the club, and the man ended up being
killed. Another person was convicted and sentenced in this killing.
The man who entered the guilty plea, however, now desires to withdraw that
guilty plea. The decision came after the 25-year-old man found out that
he would face more time behind bars than previously anticipated. If the
man's guilty plea is allowed to be withdrawn, four additional firearm-related
counts would end up being reinstated.
When somebody faces gun charges, prosecutors may give him or her the chance
to strike a plea deal with them, which may lead to a lighter penalty or
a lighter charge. Otherwise, the accused individual may simply go straight
to trial with the hope that he or she will not be found guilty. In this
situation, the burden of proof is on the prosecution. As part of its criminal
defense strategy, the defense counsel might attempt to question the circumstances
surrounding the accused person's arrest in Pennsylvania.
Source: NBC Philadelphia, "Pennsylvania Man Seeks to Withdraw Gun Plea in Halloween Slaying", April 7, 2015