Pittsburgh Gun & Weapon Crimes
Call a Skilled Criminal Defense Attorney
Using a weapon in a state or federal crime makes you subject to mandatory
penalties. Our Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyer Melvin Vatz seeks to
have charges reduced, as a conviction from crimes related to weapons carry
stiff penalties. If you are facing any type of weapons charge the Law
Office of Melvin L. Vatz can work to find alternative charges and penalties.
In the state of Pennsylvania, common weapons charges include:
- Having an unlicensed weapon
- Using a weapon in the commission of a crime
- Assault with a deadly weapon
Our firm has been helping people fight weapons charges for nearly 40 years.
Let us put that experience to work for you when you schedule a
Pursuing Reduced Charges
Attorney Vatz's approach to weapons cases is similar to that for all
criminal defense cases. He analyzes the prosecution's case, makes sure that all evidence
was collected legally, and determines whether there were any mitigating
circumstances. He files motions to suppress any evidence illegally seized,
such as if a weapon was found during a search without a warrant.
Additionally, if a weapon was found during a routine traffic stop, he may
be able to have that evidence suppressed. In short, he does everything
possible to make sure our clients are facing the lowest level of weapons charges.
Seeking Alternative Sentencing
Conviction for many weapons charges, including those involving
drug crimes, carry significant sentences in state or federal prison. Even lesser charges
result in county jail time. Mr. Vatz tries to obtain alternatives to county
jail, including sentencing to a halfway house or boot camp for younger adults.
If you have been charged with any criminal offense involving a weapon,
contact our Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyer to learn about your options and your rights. Gun charges are increasingly
serious. It is important to have any attorney who will defend you vigorously
from such charges.