Gun Cases

Illegal gun possession cases come in many varieties: individuals may be prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a prior conviction; a gun may be recovered from an individual lacking the proper license to carry it concealed on his person; law enforcement may be conducting an investigation relating to “straw” or illegal gun purchases.

As a former Philadelphia District Attorney who was assigned to the Habitual Offender and Dangerous Drug Offender Units, I know how to evaluate and prepare your case involving illegal firearms charges.

Often times, gun charges are paired with other offenses, such as Aggravated Assault, Robbery, and drug-related offenses. It is important to know how these charges interact with one another. Firearms charges can stand to substantially lengthen the potential sentences faced by those charged with these crimes.

As with drug cases, charges related to the illegal possession of a firearm may turn on a successful pre-trial motion to suppress. If the evidence recovered by the government was obtained as a result of an illegal search and/or search warrant not supported by probable cause – facts that would lead a reasonably prudent and intelligent person to conclude that a crime had occurred – then your counsel may be able to suppress that evidence by filing and litigating pre-trial motions. Suppressed evidence may not be used against you at trial and, in some cases, may lead to a dismissal of all charges prior to trial.

Not Guilty – Philadelphia Firearms Case

Commonwealth v. A.H.

Client was charged with illegal possession of a firearm and several charges related to the firearm charge. The police alleged that they observed client place an item in the rear compartment of a sport-utility vehicle. At trial, Mr. Kadish elicited testimony from the police that any movement made by client in the vehicle would have been incredibly difficult for police to observe.

Result: Client acquitted of all charges.

All Charges Withdrawn – Philadelphia Drug Case

Commonwealth v. S.S.

Client accused of possessing a large amount of crack, with the intent to deliver, along with drug paraphernalia and a firearm. During a motion to suppress drugs, drug paraphernalia and a gun found during a search, Mr. Kadish demonstrated that the police entered the bedroom without a search warrant or valid exception to the warrant requirement.

Result – Commonwealth withdrew all charges.

Not Guilty – Murder, Assault & Firearms Case

Commonwealth v. G.M.

Client charged with Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Firearms charges after a shooting inside a diner. During trial, Mr. Kadish’s cross-examination of police and witnesses called into question the identification of client as the shooter. Closer examination by Mr. Kadish of the recovered videotape showed client fleeing from the scene along with other patrons, without a firearm.

Result: Client acquitted on all charges.


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