Are you facing carrying concealed weapons charged in Ohio? If you do not have a license to carry concealed weapons or you engage in particular prohibited acts while carrying a concealed weapon, then you may face criminal charges and potentially a conviction.
Carrying concealed weapons is a serious weapons offense in Ohio and may result in severe, unforgiving penalties. If convicted, this charge may permanently be on your criminal record. Regardless of what happened in your case, it is understandable that you are probably scared and overwhelmed by the charges that you are currently facing. You do not have to go through this experience alone. The Cincinnati Criminal Defense Attorneys are here to provide their experience, understanding and knowledgeable legal counsel to help you deal with the carrying concealed weapons charge that you are facing.
The carrying concealed weapons statute is a two-pronged definition under the Ohio Revised Code (ORC 2923.12). The statute addresses not being able to carry particular weapons without a carry and conceal license and what you are prohibited from doing if you do have a carry and conceal license.
Under the carrying concealed weapons statute, anyone who knowingly carries or has, concealed on them or concealed ready at hand any of the following:
- A dangerous, deadly weapon other than a handgun;
- A handgun other than a dangerous weapon;
- A dangerous, deadly weapon that does not fit into the previous category.
If you have a concealed handgun license, it is illegal to engage in any of the following actions:
- If you are stopped by law enforcement and are carrying a concealed weapon and fail to promptly inform the law enforcement officer that you are carrying a concealed weapon and have a license for it;
- If you are stopped by law enforcement and are carrying a concealed weapon and do not keep your hands in plain sight after the law enforcement officer begins approaching you and until they leave, unless you are instructed to do otherwise by the law enforcement officer;
- If you are stopped by law enforcement and are carrying a concealed weapon and knowingly remove or attempt to remove the weapon in any kind of way unless you have been instructed to do so by the law enforcement officer;
- If you are stopped by law enforcement and are carrying a concealed weapon and do not comply with any law enforcement orders, barring that they are made lawfully.
Penalties for Carrying Concealed Weapons
If you are convicted of carrying concealed weapons in Ohio, the penalties that you will face are undoubtedly dependent on the severity of the specific facts and circumstances of your particular case such as whether you have a concealed carry a license, where the offense occurred, and whether or not you have had any prior convictions.
If you are facing your first carrying concealed weapons conviction in Ohio, you will most likely be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor. You will face up to 180 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.
If you are facing your second or more carrying concealed weapons conviction, if the weapon involved was a firearm that is either loaded or you had ammunition at hand or if weapon involved is considered dangerous artillery, then you will be charged with a fourth-degree felony. This charge entails a minimum of 6 and up to a maximum of 18 months in prison in addition to up to $5,000 in fines.
If you are facing a carrying concealed weapons conviction and it occurred on an aircraft, or you intended to carry a concealed weapon on an aircraft, you will be charged with a third-degree felony. This charge entails a minimum of one year and up to a maximum of five years in prison in addition to up to $10,000 in fines.
Other Consequences of Carrying Concealed Weapons
A carrying concealed weapons conviction could potentially be on your criminal record for the rest of your life in Ohio. A carrying concealed weapons conviction will undoubtedly have a profound negative impact on all other areas of your life, in addition to the extensive prison time you will be serving and extensive fines and fees that you will have to pay. It is important to be aware that you may face being known throughout the surrounding community as a violent criminal due to your conviction for carrying concealed weapons. You also may face difficulty keeping or finding a job, furthering your education, obtaining loans, difficulty financially, maintaining professional licensures and keeping custody of your children to name a few.
If you are facing carrying concealed weapons charges, it is imperative that you immediately contact the Cincinnati Criminal Defense Attorneys. A carrying concealed weapons charge can be a frightening and overwhelming experience, and you do not have to go through it alone. Although every case is different, it is crucial that you obtain an experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate attorney as soon as possible who will fight vigorously for your legal rights and best interest. The sooner you speak with attorney, the better your options will be regarding your sentence. The Cincinnati Criminal Defense team has successfully defended many individuals who have been charged with carrying concealed weapons. Their knowledge, experience and compassion for your case will help you receive the justice you deserve.