Criminal Defense for Weapons Possession
Your right to carry a weapon
The lawyers at Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A. have extensive experience working with clients facing weapons charges. Knowing your exact rights surrounding the purchase or possession of a deadly weapon means avoiding additional charges or being arrested.
The Ohio Constitution recognizes that people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security, which means you have the right to carry a weapon for the purposes of self-defense. There are, however, many circumstances affecting your right to use, carry and own a weapon.
Ohio law regarding gun ownership and possession
The gun laws of every state are different, and Ohio’s are unique. Carrying a concealed handgun requires a separate, special permit.
In addition to limitations on concealed weapons, Ohio firearm laws prohibit the following people from owning deadly weapons:
- Violent felons
- Drug offenders
- Alcoholics or drug-dependent individuals
- Individuals judged to be mentally incompetent
To purchase a gun lawfully, you must be at least 18 years old. Other limitations include the following:
- Prohibited areas: It is always illegal to carry a firearm on school property, at a courthouse or where alcohol is sold or served.
- Zoning ordinances: Certain residential, commercial and industrial areas may have restrictions on whether or when you can carry a firearm.
- Motor vehicles: You cannot have a weapon in your car unless it is unloaded and fully secured.
What you need to know about knives and Ohio law
Carrying knives in Ohio is a more complex matter than carrying other weapons. Knife laws differ from town to town, and disobeying those laws can result in a variety of penalties.
In the case of an alleged knife offense, it is best to consult with an experienced criminal attorney. We encourage you to give us a call if you need advice or representation in a knife case.
Contact us for representation against weapons charges in Greater Columbus
When you have been accused of a crime involving a weapon, you need a knowledgeable attorney to help you avoid enhanced charges and penalties. Contact the Ohio criminal defense attorneys of Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A. to discuss your case. Call us at 614.224.6142 or online to schedule an appointment, even evening or weekends when necessary.