A weapons charge is usually added on to other criminal charges, including murder, theft, and drug crimes. Prosecutors attempt to include this charge to extend the maximum sentence of the accused and further punish them. Even if the weapon was never used, many face the charge just for having it on their person or in their possession. These charges could add over a decade of jail time to a sentence if the accused is not represented by an experienced and highly skilled Cincinnati criminal defense attorney.
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Prosecutors will try to add a weapons charge anytime a firearm is present during a crime. Courts take the charges very seriously, which means that merely having a weapon can cause bias within a jury against a defendant.
Patituce & Associates has a number of advantages when defending criminal charges, including:
Our attorneys formerly worked as prosecutors, and know the usual prosecution strategies.
We have over three decades of collective experience.
Taken over 200 cases to trial.
We have more time and resources to build a case than public defenders.
Our criminal defense attorneys try to throw out the charge before the case ever goes to trial. Criminal charges should only address the relevant details, and merely having a weapon present at a crime scene does not automatically warrant a weapons charge.
While some people are licensed to carry a concealed weapon in Ohio, most people are not. If an unlicensed person is caught while knowingly in the possession of a deadly weapon, he or she may be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor carrying a punishment of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. If the firearm is loaded or it is discovered that ammunition is nearby, the charge is elevated to a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. An individual may also face a fourth-degree charge if he or she has been charged with a weapons offense in the past.
We are confident in our ability to defend your case. Weapons charges can be hard to beat, but we have been on both sides of the court and know the details prosecutors hope the defense never brings up. Our Cincinnati weapons charge lawyers represent clients facing all manner of criminal charges and vigorously defend them in court.
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