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Weapons offenses involve possessing or using weapons under special circumstances. Illegally carrying a concealed weapon — or CCW — is a serious charge in Ohio. In general, you may be charged if you own or possess a weapon without a proper permit, or possess or own certain weapons (explosives, dangerous artillery) regardless of permit. You may also be charged depending on where or how you discharge a weapon (in a school zone, for example, or while intoxicated).
Every day in central Ohio people are charged with weapons offense. Depending on the severity of the allegations, weapons charges can range from a minor misdemeanor, punishable by up to a $150 fine to a third degree felony punishable by up to 36 months in prison.
If you are convicted of a weapons offense, additional potential issues include:
The Columbus weapons attorneys with Luftman, Heck and Associates take an aggressive and comprehensive approach when representing clients charged with weapons offenses. First and foremost, we will figure out what mistakes the police or detectives made during their investigation, whether your arrest was lawful, if there were any problems in the collection, storage or testing of the weapon 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, lab reports 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 weapons attorneys with Luftman, Heck and Associates have successfully represented clients charged with weapons offense. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.
Use the links at right as guides to the offense you’re facing. If you have any questions about the material or if you need an experienced, competent criminal defense attorney to help with your case, please contact the Columbus weapons attorneys with Luftman, Heck and Associate either by calling or emailing us via firstname.lastname@example.org.