Common Gun Crimes in Ohio 

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If you are facing gun crime charges in the state of Ohio, it’s important to understand the laws and regulations that apply to weapons and firearms. Even if you have never owned or used a gun before, it’s possible that you could be charged with a related offense. Here, we will discuss what counts as a weapon or firearm, the kinds of charges that can arise from illegal use or possession, and potential defenses against these allegations. 

Definition of Weapons and Firearms in Ohio

In Ohio, a weapon is defined as any instrument that is designed to injure someone else or cause property damage. This includes anything from knives to explosives. A firearm refers specifically to any device made for use with combustible gases and/or ammunition that is capable of expelling a projectile through a barrel by means of combustion gases. Common examples include handguns, rifles, shotguns, and pistols. 

Charges Related to Weapon and Firearm Use and Possession

If an individual is found guilty of using or possessing a weapon or firearm while engaging in criminal activity, they may face charges ranging from minor misdemeanors up to serious felonies depending on the situation. These offenses include carrying concealed weapons without proper permitting (a felony), improperly discharging firearms (a misdemeanor), unlawfully manufacturing or processing weapons (a felony), and illegally transferring firearms (a misdemeanor). In some cases, individuals may also be charged with additional offenses with enhanced punishments called “aggravated” charges if the weapon was used during the commission of another crime. 

Defenses Against Weapon and Firearm Charges

Fortunately, there are several potential defenses available for those who are facing gun crime charges in Ohio. For example, an attorney may argue that an accused party did not possess the weapon at all or did not know it was present when committing another crime. They might also argue entrapment if police officers enticed an accused party into committing a criminal act involving firearms. Illegal search and seizure can also be used as defense if law enforcement officials conducted their investigation without following proper protocol. Additionally, self-defense may be argued if an accused party was legitimately trying to protect themselves with the use of a firearm during an altercation. 

Weapon and firearm crimes carry serious penalties in Ohio. This is why it’s important for those facing such accusations to understand their rights and legal options under state law. If you have been charged with any type of gun crime in Ohio, whether it’s possession of an unlicensed firearm or something more serious, it’s essential to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately so that your case can be handled properly from start to finish. With help from a knowledgeable lawyer at your side, you can ensure that your rights are upheld throughout this process and get the best possible outcome for your case moving forward. Contact the experienced attorneys at The VanNoy Firm today to schedule a consultation to discuss any charges against you and begin your defense.



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Anthony S. VanNoy

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