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By limiting the number of clients we defend at any given time, our Munroe Falls Improper Handling Firearms Defense Attorneys are able to utilize the full resources of our Improper Handling of Firearms in a Motor Vehicle 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 Firearms Defense Attorney Robert Stiefvater to discuss the defense of your case. He will give you a free consultation even if his Improper Handling of Firearm Law Firm is not currently accepting new clients.

If you have been charged with Improper Handling of Firearms in Munroe Falls, Ohio, contact the Improper Handling of Firearm Lawyers 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 Munroe Falls Improper Handling of Firearms in a Motor Vehicle Lawyers 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 Munroe Falls Improper Handling of Firearms Defense 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 of Firearm Attorneys in Munroe Falls to discuss whether or not any of these defenses apply to your situation.

A charge of Improperly handling firearms can be a fourth degree felony, fifth degree felony, first degree misdemeanor, or fourth degree misdemeanor. Additionally, the State will attempt to take your firearm and your CCW permit (if you have one). The following are some of the potential fine and jail or prison time that can result if convicted:

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

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

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

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

The Improper Handling Firearms Attorneys at Stiefvater Law have established themselves as the go to Improper Handling Firearms Defense Attorneys in Munroe Falls, Ohio. Call now and start getting results. Find out why other lawyers refer us clients. Our defense of you starts with your phone call to us.

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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:

Definitions

(K) As used in this section:

(1) "Motor vehicle," "street," and "highway" have the same meanings as in section 4511.01 of the Revised Code.

(2) "Occupied structure" has the same meaning as in section 2909.01 of the Revised Code.

(3) "Agriculture" has the same meaning as in section 519.01 of the Revised Code.

(4) "Tenant" has the same meaning as in section 1531.01 of the Revised Code.

(5) (a) "Unloaded" means, with respect to a firearm other than a firearm described in division (K)(6) of this section, that no ammunition is in the firearm in question, no magazine or speed loader containing ammunition is inserted into the firearm in question, and one of the following applies:

(i) There is no ammunition in a magazine or speed loader that is in the vehicle in question and that may be used with the firearm in question.

(ii) Any magazine or speed loader that contains ammunition and that may be used with the firearm in question is stored in a compartment within the vehicle in question that cannot be accessed without leaving the vehicle or is stored in a container that provides complete and separate enclosure.

(b) For the purposes of division (K)(5)(a)(ii) of this section, a "container that provides complete and separate enclosure" includes, but is not limited to, any of the following:

(i) A package, box, or case with multiple compartments, as long as the loaded magazine or speed loader and the firearm in question either are in separate compartments within the package, box, or case, or, if they are in the same compartment, the magazine or speed loader is contained within a separate enclosure in that compartment that does not contain the firearm and that closes using a snap, button, buckle, zipper, hook and loop closing mechanism, or other fastener that must be opened to access the contents or the firearm is contained within a separate enclosure of that nature in that compartment that does not contain the magazine or speed loader;

(ii) A pocket or other enclosure on the person of the person in question that closes using a snap, button, buckle, zipper, hook and loop closing mechanism, or other fastener that must be opened to access the contents.

(c) For the purposes of divisions (K)(5)(a) and (b) of this section, ammunition held in stripper-clips or in en-bloc clips is not considered ammunition that is loaded into a magazine or speed loader.

(6) "Unloaded" means, with respect to a firearm employing a percussion cap, flintlock, or other obsolete ignition system, when the weapon is uncapped or when the priming charge is removed from the pan.

(7) "Commercial motor vehicle" has the same meaning as in division (A) of section 4506.25 of the Revised Code.

(8) "Motor carrier enforcement unit" means the motor carrier enforcement unit in the department of public safety, division of state highway patrol, that is created by section 5503.34 of the Revised Code.

(L) Divisions (K)(5)(a) and (b) of this section do not affect the authority of a person who is carrying a valid concealed handgun license to have one or more magazines or speed loaders containing ammunition anywhere in a vehicle, without being transported as described in those divisions, as long as no ammunition is in a firearm, other than a handgun, in the vehicle other than as permitted under any other provision of this chapter. A person who is carrying a valid concealed handgun license may have one or more magazines or speed loaders containing ammunition anywhere in a vehicle without further restriction, as long as no ammunition is in a firearm, other than a handgun, in the vehicle other than as permitted under any provision of this chapter.

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Zip Codes in Munroe Falls, Ohio: 44278, 44262