The ramifications of being caught with a weapon at a school are steep. In most scenarios within Pittsburgh’s school districts, it is illegal to bring a weapon that can cause someone physical harm or injury onto school property or recognized vehicles of transport. If you or your child is caught possessing a weapon at school by authorities, you might be facing harsh penalties under the Pennsylvania Criminal Code. Call us today to talk about your case in a free consultation with an experienced firearms lawyer at (412) 281-2146.
According to Title 18 § 912, the definition of a “weapon” that violates this state law includes (but is not limited to):
- Any type of knife;
- Cutting instruments;
- Cutting tools;
- Nun-chuck sticks;
- Firearms or personal defense weapons;
- Shotguns or pistols;
- Other tools or instruments capable of inflicting serious bodily injury.
When you are found in violation of carrying a weapon on school premises, you will need a skilled Pittsburgh criminal lawyer with experience in fighting weapons-related charges. Our small team of attorneys is dedicated to building a strong case for your defense. In the past, we have helped other clients in similar situations review the evidence against them, exposing inconsistencies and insufficient proofs. Our legal work has successfully resulted in reduced or dismissed charges. We will strive to protect your rights and assure your family’s future.
Offense for Carrying a Weapon on School Property
An individual commits a misdemeanor of the first degree if he possesses a weapon in the buildings of, on the grounds of, or in any conveyance (e.g. school buses or shuttles) providing transportation to or from any of the following institutions:
- Publicly funded elementary or secondary schools;
- Private elementary or secondary schools, licensed by the Department of Education;
- Elementary or secondary parochial schools.
If you are found guilty of this violation, you could receive a maximum sentence of five years in prison with a fine of up to $10,000.
Defense for Carrying a Weapon on School Property
§ 912 (c) states that if the weapon found “is possessed and used in conjunction with a lawful supervised school activity or course” then it can be justifiably brought onto school property. If you possess the weapon for other lawful purposes, the court can also deem an exception in your case. However, you will require the assistance of a weapons attorney in order to properly draw out your defense if you were wrongly accused. Our knowledgeable attorneys can help you assemble the appropriate paperwork and legal documents to support your exemption defense.
What to do When You are Charged
If you are charged with possession of a firearm or weapon on school property, you should not speak with the police or prosecutors without your attorney present. If a minor is being accused of the weapons violation, then he or she must also have a parent available during questioning. As your Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyers, we will be able to evaluate the situation and devise the most optimal course of action. We recommend that you remain calm, and contact Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC immediately for a free consultation a (412) 281-2146.