Homemade Explosives and Homemade Bombs

Charges and Penalties in Pennsylvania Under State and Federal Laws

It is difficult to understand your rights regarding making and possessing bombs and other explosives in Pennsylvania and in other states. Of course it is illegal to detonate an explosive in most situations. But can just making or owning a bomb bring legal problems?

Each case will vary depending on many factors but, generally, owning and making bombs is illegal in Pennsylvania and in other states as well. This is true even with bomb building done as a joke or prank. Depending on the circumstances of a given case, alleged perpetrators can face federal and/or state charges.

In addition to laws against making and setting off explosives, it is also illegal to distribute information regarding building explosives relating to a committed or intended federal crime. In fact, you can go to prison for up to 20 years and face a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted of passing out information relating to bomb building.

If you face criminal charges regarding weapons or the building or making of a bomb or other explosive in Pennsylvania, contact the experienced criminal law defense attorneys of Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP.

We have handled numerous cases involving weapons and bombs and can protect your rights by providing knowledgeable legal help. For instance, if you were charged with distributing information regarding bomb making, we can determine whether you were simply using your First Amendment rights. If you were charged with actually building or using a bomb, we can investigate your case and provide aggressive representation. Our legal team includes a former police officer who knows about the tactics used by police and other government officials.

The first step in fighting criminal charges is consulting with an experienced lawyer. To contact Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP, call 717-233-5292.

Federal Weapons Charges in Pennsylvania

Experienced Federal Charges Defense Attorneys in Harrisburg

Have you been accused of a federal weapons crime in Pennsylvania? The first step in fighting your charges and protecting your rights, future and freedom is to contact an experienced federal weapons defense attorney.

The attorney team of Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP, includes lawyers who:

Federal investigators and prosecutors are ready to bring years of expertise and the full resources of the federal judicial system to the prosecution of your case. You need assistance from a legal team that is experienced in fighting charges of possession of an illegal firearm, assault/battery with a firearm, possession of weapon by a felon or unlawful possession of a firearm.

Federal weapons charges can result in years in prison, deportment (for immigrants) and a permanent stain on your record. We can evaluate your case and determine how to best defend it. For example, firm attorney Roger Laguna is a former police officer who is skilled at assessing how law enforcement officials gather evidence. Our team question whether there was probable cause for any search, seizure or arrest that was conducted, and determine whether the evidence against you was properly obtained. If federal agents acted improperly or illegally, you charges may be dropped.

Often, federal agents are able to tie a weapons charge with another charge, thus increasing the severity of the charges and penalties, including extensive and consecutive prison sentences. Don’t face the federal government without effective legal help. Contact Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP, by calling 717-233-5292.

Federal Weapons Charges

If you are charged with a federal weapons offense, you want an experienced lawyer to protect your constitutional rights. The penalties for violating federal weapons laws can be severe. Even though the federal sentencing guidelines are no longer mandatory, they are still used by many judges as a baseline for establishing prison terms and other sanctions. When you are charged with a federal weapons crime, the judge will likely consider a variety of factors when issuing a sentence, including:

• Whether you have a criminal history
• How many victims were affected by your crime
• The seriousness of the crime
• In a weapons charge, the type and number of weapons used

Types of Federal Weapons Crimes

Federal statutes provide for prosecution for a wide range of firearms and weapons offenses, including the possession or sale of an unlicensed or illegal gun, firearm or other weapon. You can also be charged simply for being in possession of a weapon, if you are a convicted felon.

Federal law also provides additional penalties if you commit other crimes while using a firearm. These include drug offenses, such as sale or trafficking, as well as armed robbery and assault or battery.

Taking Steps to Protect Your Rights

The first thing you want to do if you have been arrested for violating a federal weapons law is contact an attorney. You will be entitled to a phone call when taken into custody. Use that call to contact your lawyer and request that they come to the police station.

Once you have been taken into custody, you want to exercise all your constitutional rights. You have the right to remain silent—exercise it. Don’t fool yourself into believing that you can explain the offense away. Though you are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, law enforcement officers will spend more time and energy looking for evidence of your guilt than looking for ways to prove your innocence.

If the police or federal investigators show up at your door, wanting to talk with you, you don’t have to let them in unless they have a valid search warrant. Even if they show you a warrant, you can request that your attorney be present and review the warrant. Don’t let them in your house for any reason without a warrant. If they see evidence that they can reasonably argue gave them probable cause to suspect any type of criminal activity, they can search your home without a warrant.

Contact Our Office

At Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP, we provide a free initial consultation to every client. To arrange a private meeting with an experienced Pennsylvania federal weapons crime defense attorney, contact us online or call our office at 717-233-5292. Se habla Espãnol.

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