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By limiting the number of clients we defend at any given time, our Lakemore Improper Handling of Firearms Lawyers are able to utilize the full resources of our Improper Handling of Firearms in a Motor Vehicle Defense Law Firm for each case. This has made Stiefvater Law, LLC the “go to” law firm for the defense of Improper Handling of Firearms charges. Call Improper Handling of Firearms in a Motor Vehicle Lawyer Robert Stiefvater to discuss the defense of your case. He will give you a free consultation even if his Improper Handling of Firearm Defense Law Firm is not currently accepting new clients.

If you have been charged with Improper Handling of Firearms in Lakemore, Ohio, contact the Improper Handling of Firearms in a Motor Vehicle Attorneys at Stiefvater Law now to discuss your options. Your charge could be a fourth degree misdemeanor, first degree misdemeanor, fifth degree felony, or fourth degree felony. A conviction of any of these is serious. The State will want to keep your firearm and CCW permit and you are facing serious jail or prison time. Call Stiefvater Law and speak with one of our Lakemore Improper Handling of Firearms in a Motor Vehicle Attorneys now.

Depending on various facts and circumstances, the following can be considered improper handling of a firearm:

Failing to inform an officer that you have a firearm;

Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol while transporting a firearm;

Having a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle;

Improperly transporting a firearm in a vehicle; or

Discharging a firearm from a vehicle.

Contact our Lakemore Improper Handling of Firearms Law Firm to discuss the facts surrounding your charge for improper handling.

There are several statutory defenses to a charge of improper handling. These defenses are very fact specific:

Having a valid CCW permit;

The location (ownership) of the land upon which the alleged charge occurred;

Certain hunting situations (groundhog and coyote);

Employment as an officer of the law; or

Being employed in Ohio and authorized to carry a firearm.

Contact our Improper Handling Firearms Attorneys in Lakemore to discuss whether or not any of these defenses apply to your situation.

A charge of Improperly handling firearms can be a Misdemeanor 4, Misdemeanor 1, Felony 5, or Felony 4. Additionally, the State will almost always try to confiscate your firearm and your concealed carry permit (if you have one). The following are some of the potential fine and jail or prison time that can result if convicted:

Misdemeanor Four (M4) – 0-30 days in jail. Fine up to $250.

Misdemeanor One (M1) – 0-180 days in jail. Fine up to $1,000.

Felony Five (F5) – up to 12 months in prison. Fine up to $2,500.

Felony Four (F4) – up to 18 months in prison. Fine up to $5,000.

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Improperly Handling Firearms in a Motor Vehicle is codified in the ORC (Ohio Revised Code) Section 2923.16. Below is one section of the law:

Exceptions

(1) Divisions (A), (B), (C), and (E) of this section do not apply to any of the following:

(a) An officer, agent, or employee of this or any other state or the United States, or a law enforcement officer, when authorized to carry or have loaded or accessible firearms in motor vehicles and acting within the scope of the officer's, agent's, or employee's duties;

(b) Any person who is employed in this state, who is authorized to carry or have loaded or accessible firearms in motor vehicles, and who is subject to and in compliance with the requirements of section 109.801 of the Revised Code, unless the appointing authority of the person has expressly specified that the exemption provided in division (F)(1)(b) of this section does not apply to the person.

(2) Division (A) of this section does not apply to a person if all of the following circumstances apply:

(a) The person discharges a firearm from a motor vehicle at a coyote or groundhog, the discharge is not during the deer gun hunting season as set by the chief of the division of wildlife of the department of natural resources, and the discharge at the coyote or groundhog, but for the operation of this section, is lawful.

(b) The motor vehicle from which the person discharges the firearm is on real property that is located in an unincorporated area of a township and that either is zoned for agriculture or is used for agriculture.

(c) The person owns the real property described in division (F)(2)(b) of this section, is the spouse or a child of another person who owns that real property, is a tenant of another person who owns that real property, or is the spouse or a child of a tenant of another person who owns that real property.

(d) The person does not discharge the firearm in any of the following manners:

(i) While under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or alcohol and a drug of abuse;

(ii) In the direction of a street, highway, or other public or private property used by the public for vehicular traffic or parking;

(iii) At or into an occupied structure that is a permanent or temporary habitation;

(iv) In the commission of any violation of law, including, but not limited to, a felony that includes, as an essential element, purposely or knowingly causing or attempting to cause the death of or physical harm to another and that was committed by discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle.

(3) Division (A) of this section does not apply to a person if all of the following apply:

(a) The person possesses a valid all-purpose vehicle permit issued under section 1533.103 of the Revised Code by the chief of the division of wildlife.

(b) The person discharges a firearm at a wild quadruped or game bird as defined in section 1531.01 of the Revised Code during the open hunting season for the applicable wild quadruped or game bird.

(c) The person discharges a firearm from a stationary all-purpose vehicle as defined in section 1531.01 of the Revised Code from private or publicly owned lands or from a motor vehicle that is parked on a road that is owned or administered by the division of wildlife.

(d) The person does not discharge the firearm in any of the following manners:

(i) While under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or alcohol and a drug of abuse;

(ii) In the direction of a street, a highway, or other public or private property that is used by the public for vehicular traffic or parking;

(iii) At or into an occupied structure that is a permanent or temporary habitation;

(iv) In the commission of any violation of law, including, but not limited to, a felony that includes, as an essential element, purposely or knowingly causing or attempting to cause the death of or physical harm to another and that was committed by discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle.

(4) Divisions (B) and (C) of this section do not apply to a person if all of the following circumstances apply:

(a) At the time of the alleged violation of either of those divisions, the person is the operator of or a passenger in a motor vehicle.

(b) The motor vehicle is on real property that is located in an unincorporated area of a township and that either is zoned for agriculture or is used for agriculture.

(c) The person owns the real property described in division (D)(4)(b) of this section, is the spouse or a child of another person who owns that real property, is a tenant of another person who owns that real property, or is the spouse or a child of a tenant of another person who owns that real property.

(d) The person, prior to arriving at the real property described in division (D)(4)(b) of this section, did not transport or possess a firearm in the motor vehicle in a manner prohibited by division (B) or (C) of this section while the motor vehicle was being operated on a street, highway, or other public or private property used by the public for vehicular traffic or parking.

(5) Divisions (B) and (C) of this section do not apply to a person who transports or possesses a handgun in a motor vehicle if, at the time of that transportation or possession, both of the following apply:

(a) The person transporting or possessing the handgun is either carrying a valid concealed handgun license or is an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States and is carrying a valid military identification card and documentation of successful completion of firearms training that meets or exceeds the training requirements described in division (G)(1) of section 2923.125 of the Revised Code.

(b) The person transporting or possessing the handgun is not knowingly in a place described in division (B) of section 2923.126 of the Revised Code.

(6) Divisions (B) and (C) of this section do not apply to a person if all of the following apply:

(a) The person possesses a valid all-purpose vehicle permit issued under section 1533.103 of the Revised Code by the chief of the division of wildlife.

(b) The person is on or in an all-purpose vehicle as defined in section 1531.01 of the Revised Code or a motor vehicle during the open hunting season for a wild quadruped or game bird.

(c) The person is on or in an all-purpose vehicle as defined in section 1531.01 of the Revised Code on private or publicly owned lands or on or in a motor vehicle that is parked on a road that is owned or administered by the division of wildlife.

(7) Nothing in this section prohibits or restricts a person from possessing, storing, or leaving a firearm in a locked motor vehicle that is parked in the state underground parking garage at the state capitol building or in the parking garage at the Riffe center for government and the arts in Columbus, if the person's transportation and possession of the firearm in the motor vehicle while traveling to the premises or facility was not in violation of division (A), (B), (C), (D), or (E) of this section or any other provision of the Revised Code.

(G) (1) The affirmative defenses authorized in divisions (D)(1) and (2) of section 2923.12 of the Revised Code are affirmative defenses to a charge under division (B) or (C) of this section that involves a firearm other than a handgun.

(2) It is an affirmative defense to a charge under division (B) or (C) of this section of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle that the actor transported or had the firearm in the motor vehicle for any lawful purpose and while the motor vehicle was on the actor's own property, provided that this affirmative defense is not available unless the person, immediately prior to arriving at the actor's own property, did not transport or possess the firearm in a motor vehicle in a manner prohibited by division (B) or (C) of this section while the motor vehicle was being operated on a street, highway, or other public or private property used by the public for vehicular traffic.

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Zip Codes in Lakemore, Ohio: 44312, 44250