Will a Misdemeanor Drug Charge Prevent Me from Buying a Gun in PA?

Legally reviewed by:
Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C.
October 14, 2021

Will a Misdemeanor Drug Charge Prevent Me from Buying a Gun in PA?A misdemeanor drug charge can sometimes limit personal freedoms, including your ability to purchase a gun. Yet, all misdemeanor drug charges are not created equal, as there are circumstances that make your case stand out from others. Hiring a qualified Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer will help you determine if a misdemeanor drug charge will prevent a gun purchase in Pennsylvania, and it might impact your case outcome if you proceed.

When it comes to criminal defense, there’s a reason so many clients have turned to Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford. We are experienced and effective and look at the unique elements of each case to determine the best approach. We also guide you on what you can and cannot do while fighting this kind of charge. 

What Is a Pennsylvania Misdemeanor Drug Charge?

A misdemeanor is less serious than a felony. In Pennsylvania, most charges solely involving marijuana possession (up to 30 grams) are considered misdemeanors. Small amounts of other substances may also be included in a misdemeanor drug charge, depending on the nature of the offense. 

The complexities of legal codes in Pennsylvania relating to drug charges necessitate an expert Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer to help deliver a successful outcome.  

Gun Purchasing Requirements in Pennsylvania

To purchase a gun in Pennsylvania, you must be at least 18 years old and have a state-issued ID. A licensed seller will conduct a background check, and depending on your criminal record, you may not be able to complete the purchase. Typically, a felony conviction or violent misdemeanor will prevent you from being able to purchase a gun. 

Things get murkier when it comes to misdemeanor charges, as it depends on anything else found in your criminal background and the seller’s policies. 

Can You Purchase a Gun While Facing Misdemeanor Drug Charges in PA?

Technically, the answer is yes. 

Depending on the nature of your charges and how far along you are in the process of resolving them, it may not be advisable to purchase a firearm while facing a misdemeanor drug charge. Purchasing a gun while your legal representative is negotiating with prosecutors may result in the kind of optics that make an optimal outcome less likely. 

It might be best to wait until your case is resolved before purchasing a new gun. However, since each case is different, working closely with your legal team is the best way to know for sure. 

Consult With a Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyer Before Purchasing a Gun

If you are dealing with a misdemeanor drug charge in Pennsylvania, work with a Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer with Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford before attempting to purchase a gun. We understand the nuances of the criminal justice system and can advise you on the optics of making such a move before you do it. Moreover, we will work with you to resolve your case as quickly as possible so that you can resume your life. 

Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford has more than 65 years of experience helping clients like you overcome charges that mitigate your rights. If you are fighting misdemeanor drug charges, we may be able to help. Schedule a free consultation today by calling (215) 798-7081 or contact us here to learn more. 

Legally reviewed by:
Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C.
Pennsylvania Attorney's
October 14, 2021
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