A Philadelphia woman is hoping for leniency after being hit with gun charges during a traffic stop in Atlantic County.

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Shaneen Allen had a firearm in her car that she legally carries in her home state during the stop. Allen, a mother of 2, was driving to Atlantic City to set up for a birthday party when she was stopped. Allen acquired the gun legally 1 week before the stop after being robbed twice.

A judge has already said that Allen will not be allowed PTI and will go to trial. Allen is now facing the mandatory minimum 3 years in jail. Allen's only hope may be legislation introduced by Assemblyman Ron Dancer that would give judges the flexibility to impose a mandatory sentence or have the defendant enter into a pretrial intervention program based on the individual's background.

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