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Military Officer Avoids Carrying Concealed Weapon Conviction

A young military officer came to visit some of his friends at The Ohio State University on a recent weekend. While walking on campus, he was stopped by two Columbus Police Department Officers. After conducting an investigation, a knife was recovered from his pocket. He was charged with a misdemeanor Carrying Concealed Weapons charge and his case was scheduled for arraignment in Franklin County Municipal Court.

As you can imagine, the young military officer was very concerned about the impact a serious criminal conviction could have on his military career. Trying to figure out what to do, he reached out to attorney Ben Luftman for help with the case.

Attorney Luftman reviewed the police reports and argued to the prosecutor that there were some potential issues with the reason his client was stopped to begin with. The prosecutor agreed and prior to having a hearing on the circumstances, offered to amend the charge to a minor misdemeanor disorderly conduct. This is not a weapons charge and is only punishable by a fine and no probation. Feeling the resolution minimized his exposure with the military, attorney Luftman’s client chose to accept the plea offer and resolve the case.  He paid the fine and returned to base.

Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case.

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