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Improper Handling of Firearms is a serious charge. More often than not, people are charged at the felony level. Charges for improper handling of firearms can range from misdemeanor 4 up to felony 4. If you have a concealed carry permit, you may lose it. The State of Ohio will most likely also try to keep your firearm through forfeiture. Contact Improper Handling of Firearms Lawyer Robert Stiefvater to discuss the successful defense of your case. His Improper Handling of Firearms Law Firm is standing by with the defense that you need.

It is considered Improper Handling when you do any of the following:

Discharge a firearm from a motor vehicle;

Transport a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle;

Transport a firearm improperly in a motor vehicle;

Transport a firearm in a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol; or

Fail to inform an officer that you are transporting a firearm.

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The law of Improper Handling has a few built in defenses. These defenses are very fact and circumstance specific:

Employment by the State of Ohio and authorized to carry a firearm;

Having a valid concealed carry permit;

Employment as a law enforcement officer;

Ownership of the land on which the alleged violation occurred; and

Certain hunting situations, mainly coyote and groundhog.

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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:

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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Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 2923.16 governs Improperly Handling Firearms in a Motor Vehicle. The language below comes from the ORC:

Penalties

(a) If a person is convicted of, was convicted of, pleads guilty to, or has pleaded guilty to a violation of division (E) of this section as it existed prior to September 30, 2011, and if the conduct that was the basis of the violation no longer would be a violation of division (E) of this section on or after September 30, 2011, the person may file an application under section 2953.37 of the Revised Code requesting the expungement of the record of conviction. If a person is convicted of, was convicted of, pleads guilty to, or has pleaded guilty to a violation of division (B) or (C) of this section as the division existed prior to September 30, 2011, and if the conduct that was the basis of the violation no longer would be a violation of division (B) or (C) of this section on or after September 30, 2011, due to the application of division (F)(5) of this section as it exists on and after September 30, 2011, the person may file an application under section 2953.37 of the Revised Code requesting the expungement of the record of conviction.

(b) The attorney general shall develop a public media advisory that summarizes the expungement procedure established under section 2953.37 of the Revised Code and the offenders identified in division (H)(2)(a) of this section who are authorized to apply for the expungement. Within thirty days after September 30, 2011, the attorney general shall provide a copy of the advisory to each daily newspaper published in this state and each television station that broadcasts in this state. The attorney general may provide the advisory in a tangible form, an electronic form, or in both tangible and electronic forms.

(I) Whoever violates this section is guilty of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle. Violation of division (A) of this section is a felony of the fourth degree. Violation of division (C) of this section is a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. A violation of division (D) of this section is a felony of the fifth degree or, if the loaded handgun is concealed on the person's person, a felony of the fourth degree. Except as otherwise provided in this division, a violation of division (E)(1) or (2) of this section is a misdemeanor of the first degree, and, in addition to any other penalty or sanction imposed for the violation, the offender's concealed handgun license shall be suspended pursuant to division (A)(2) of section 2923.128 of the Revised Code. If at the time of the stop of the offender for a traffic stop, for another law enforcement purpose, or for a purpose defined in section 5503.34 of the Revised Code that was the basis of the violation any law enforcement officer involved with the stop or the employee of the motor carrier enforcement unit who made the stop had actual knowledge of the offender's status as a licensee, a violation of division (E)(1) or (2) of this section is a minor misdemeanor, and the offender's concealed handgun license shall not be suspended pursuant to division (A)(2) of section 2923.128 of the Revised Code. A violation of division (E)(4) of this section is a felony of the fifth degree. A violation of division (E)(3) or (5) of this section is a misdemeanor of the first degree or, if the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a violation of division (E)(3) or (5) of this section, a felony of the fifth degree. In addition to any other penalty or sanction imposed for a misdemeanor violation of division (E)(3) or (5) of this section, the offender's concealed handgun license shall be suspended pursuant to division (A)(2) of section 2923.128 of the Revised Code. A violation of division (B) of this section is a felony of the fourth degree.

(J) If a law enforcement officer stops a motor vehicle for a traffic stop or any other purpose, if any person in the motor vehicle surrenders a firearm to the officer, either voluntarily or pursuant to a request or demand of the officer, and if the officer does not charge the person with a violation of this section or arrest the person for any offense, the person is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing the firearm, and the firearm is not contraband, the officer shall return the firearm to the person at the termination of the stop. If a court orders a law enforcement officer to return a firearm to a person pursuant to the requirement set forth in this division, division (B) of section 2923.163 of the Revised Code applies.

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