Weapons Charges Attorney in Central Ohio
Ohio is an “open carry” state. This means that you may openly carry a firearm in public without obtaining a permit or license. Ohio law prohibits exercising this right in certain places (e.g. vehicles, anywhere alcohol is served) and restricts certain classes of people from possessing firearms at all (e.g fugitives, certain felons, chronic alcoholics). Ohio is also a “shall issue” state. This means that the issuing authority (county sheriff) must issue a permit to carry a concealed firearm provided the applicant meets the criteria set out by law. There are likewise a number of laws that impact how, when, and where you exercise this right. Any holder of a concealed carry permit is expected to know and comply with these laws at all times. Despite the required classes and training necessary to obtain the concealed carry permit, people often run afoul of what the law permits – particularly out of state permit holders traveling through Ohio.
Types of firearm offenses in Ohio
Common firearm and weapons offenses in Ohio include:
- Carrying concealed weapons
- Possession of a firearm in beer liquor permit premises
- Illegal conveyance or possession of deadly weapon in school safety zone
- Illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance into courthouse
- Having a Weapon Under Disability
- Using weapons while intoxicated
- Improper handling firearms in a motor vehicle
- Discharge of a firearm near prohibited premises
The criminal penalties for weapons charges in Ohio vary from case to case and often depend on whether the individual has previously been convicted of firearm or other violent offenses, the location that it was committed, and whether the person was licensed to carry. A criminal conviction for some of these offenses can disqualify you from possessing or carrying firearm.
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Criminal defense attorney Matthew O’Leary will work with you to help defend your unique case against weapons, gun or firearm charges.