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Illegal Conveyance

To be charged with illegal conveyance, a person must knowingly convey or attempt to convey a deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance, any drug of abuse or any intoxicating liquor onto the grounds of a detention facility or of an institution, office building, or other place that is under the control of:

  • The department of mental health
  • The department of developmental disabilities
  • The department of youth services
  • The department of rehabilitation and corrections
Basically, if you try to sneak guns, drugs or alcohol into any of the above listed places, you can and likely will be charges with illegal conveyance. Depending on the severity of the allegations, illegal conveyance charges can range from a second degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail to a third degree felony, punishable by up to 36 months in prison.

If you are convicted of illegal conveyance, additional potential issues include:

  • Maintaining your current employment
  • Licensure issues in some professions
  • Difficulty getting a good job in the future
  • Difficulty and possible denial in immigration and naturalization proceedings
Simply put, if you are convicted of illegal conveyance, it can potentially be on your criminal background for the rest of your life. No matter what the circumstances were in your case, you run the risk of being considered someone who tried to sneak something into prison. Therefore, it is critical that you give your illegal conveyance charge the level of importance it deserves.

The Columbus Criminal Defense team takes an aggressive and comprehensive approach when representing clients charged with illegal conveyance. First and foremost, we will figure out what mistakes the police or detectives made during their investigation and any other legal issues that can be raised on your behalf.

We do this by requesting discovery from the prosecutor. The discovery will generally consist of police reports, additional investigative notes, witness statements and potentially video or audio. As our client, you will receive a copy of everything received from the prosecutor for your review

Based on the legal weaknesses in the State of Ohio’s case and any other mitigating factors, we will negotiate the best possible plea available with the prosecutor for you to consider in resolving your case.

If your case cannot be resolved satisfactorily with a plea, it would then proceed to a motion hearing (a hearing where the judge issues a ruling on an evidentiary issue) or a trial to the judge or jury, depending on the circumstances.

For nearly ten years, the Columbus Criminal Defense team has successfully represented clients charged with criminal offenses from minor misdemeanors to first degree felonies. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.

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If you’ve been charged with illegal conveyance, it’s important to know what you’re up against. If you have any questions left unanswered by this page, or if you need a competent, experienced criminal attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at or via email at advice@columbuscriminalattorney.com.

The illegal conveyance charge is a third degree felony and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of 9 to 36 months
  • A fine of up to $5,000

The illegal conveyance charge is a second degree misdemeanor and carries the following penalties:

  • A jail term of up to 90 days
  • A fine of up to $750
Have a question we didn’t answer below? Feel free to email us or call us and we’ll help you out.

Yes. The following are affirmative defenses to an illegal conveyance charge:
  • If a weapon or dangerous ordinance was being transported in a motor vehicle for a lawful purpose that it was not on the actor’s person, and, if the weapon is a firearm, that it was unloaded and being carried in a closed package, box or case or in a compartment that can only be reached by leaving the vehicle.
  • The person delivering the item was permitted by the written rules of the detention facility or the institution, office building or other place to deliver the item to the confined person or patient.
  • The person delivering the item was given written authorization by the person in charge of the detention facility, or the institution, office building, or other place to deliver the item to the confined person or patient.

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