Criminal Offenses Involving Firearms
Comprehending Possible Penalties
Laws as they pertain to weapons are nothing like they were a hundred years ago and gone are the days that one could carry a weapon wherever they go without consequence, and gone are the days that anyone could own any type of firearm. These days there are many complicated laws pertaining to weapons, especially firearms, and it can be difficult for the average person to known exactly what the laws are or when they are in violation of one of Ohio's weapon laws.
If you are one of the unlucky ones that have been found in violation of the state's weapon laws, then it's vital that you seek legal assistance right away. Weapon offenses can happen to anyone, even ordinary law abiding citizens can violate the law and these types of people can have a lot to lose upon conviction, the same goes for somebody with a prior criminal record, or someone that is on probation or parole.
Weapon charges consist of such offenses as carrying a concealed weapon, using a weapon while intoxicated, or improperly using a weapon while in a motor vehicle. If you knowingly carry a concealed weapon such as a handgun, you may be charged with a misdemeanor carrying a penalty of 6 months in jail and fines up to $1,000. If the weapon was loaded, you may be charged with a felony resulting in 6 to 18 months in prison and fines up to $5,000. If you are caught using or possessing a weapon while intoxicated, you may be charged with misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail and fines up to $1,000.
The laws concerning using a weapon while in a motor vehicle can be complicated. If you transported or discharged a firearm while in your vehicle, you may be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the facts of the case. All of the circumstances surrounding the incident, any previous criminal history, and your state of mind at the time of the incident will determine what you are charged with and what the penalties may be. Because each weapons charge is different with its own set of circumstances, it is important that you consult with a practiced attorney at our firm to get specific legal advice and to strategize your defense as soon as possible.
Always Prepared to Defend Your Rights
Have you been charged with a weapons offense in central Ohio? Being charged with a weapon or gun violation in Ohio can be a frightening experience. These types of offenses are prosecuted aggressively and may result in harsh penalties. If this is your first experience with the criminal justice system, you may be especially nervous and worried about your future. Our criminal defense firm is here to help you through the process. Having a competent attorney at your side can go a long ways towards reducing your stress level. Our attorneys will be looking out for your best interests and ensuring that your legal rights are protected throughout the process.