Violent Crimes such as the Possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction can be extremely serious charges which almost always require the assistance of an experienced Chester County Criminal Lawyer. Domestic VIolence Charges The criminal elements which the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt can be found in the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, specifically in section 2716 of Title 18. In order to be found guilty of this crime, the government must prove that the accused either intentionally possessed or was purposefully making weapons of mass destruction; A criminal defendant can also be convicted of this crime if the government proves that the accused intentionally sells, buys or transports a weapon of mass destruction; and second that his doing so (buying, selling or transporting) causes: another person to become ill or damages or disrupts the food or water supply of a park or causes the evacuation of a building.
As stated above convictions for violent crimes such as Weapon of Mass destruction can be very serious. Specifically, a first offense for the possession of a weapon of mass destruction is a felony of the second degree punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison. Unlawful Restraint A second conviction for this same crime of possession of a weapon of mass destruction is punishable by 20 years in state prison. Additionally, a conviction for transporting or selling or buying a weapon of mass destruction is also a felony of the first degree. One of the main issues that comes up in these cases is what is a weapon of mass destruction? Unfortunately the statute is fairly vague when it comes to this question. It is arguable that certain m-80’s could be designated as weapons of Mass Destruction. Make sure to hire or consult with an experienced Chester County Violent Crimes attorney if you have been charged with this crime.