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Weapons Charges Defense Attorney

The biggest myth of the American justice system is that you will be treated as innocent until proven guilty. In my experience, the exact opposite has proven to be the case.

If you’re under investigation for a weapons charge, you need a dedicated Ohio criminal defense attorney.

Call 330-475-3164 for a free consultation

“In evaluating who would be the best defense attorney to retain, RESULTS, above all else, matter more than anything. And Max Hiltner delivered a successful result for me. He was relentless in his advocacy for me throughout the entire legal process. Max’s singular focus on criminal defense gives his clients the subject matter expertise and the extensive personal relationships with judges and prosecutors needed when the stakes are high. Max Hiltner is the defense attorney you want in your corner.”

- John M.

Weapons Charges Cases in Ohio

Ohio is an “open carry” state, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some weapons regulations. Most notably, Ohio requires having a license for carrying concealed handguns. Other regulations include:

  • Who can have guns
  • Where they can bring them
  • The types and uses of weapons

Under Ohio law, it’s a crime to carry a concealed handgun on your person unless you have a license, are on active duty in the military, or are a law enforcement officer. If you’re found with a concealed weapon without one of these reasons, you’ll be charged with a first degree misdemeanor. If the weapon was loaded, you’ll be charged with a fourth degree felony.

Even with a valid license, Ohio law prohibits concealed handguns in the following places:
  • Schools, bars, and courthouses
  • Colleges and universities 
  • Places of worship
  • Government buildings
  • Private property with signs prohibiting guns

There are similar restrictions for firing your weapon.

If you’re charged with carrying a concealed weapon, however, there is still hope. An experienced Ohio weapons charges defense attorney can help you with your defense, including the defense that you had your weapon in order to protect yourself, your family, or others while at risk of an attack.

Why Choose Hiltner Trial Lawyers

At Hiltner Trial Lawyers, we have successfully defended many people facing gun charges.

For example, we recently helped a client with the following case:

An active duty military officer and lawyer was traveling through Ohio while visiting family and was stopped for having a cracked windshield. The State Troopers searched the man’s car and found a loaded pistol in the vehicle. The man resides in a state that does not require any sort of permit to own, possess, or conceal a loaded firearm in a vehicle. His having a loaded firearm in his vehicle was perfectly legal where he was from, but in Ohio, unbeknownst to him, he needed a permit, which he didn’t have. This man, military officer, and lawyer was arrested and charged with a felony gun charge where if convicted he could have been sent to prison for up to 18 months. In addition to that, he would likely have lost his law license, and been dishonorably discharged from the military. The Hiltner Trial Lawyers Firm was selected by this man from across the country and by telling his story and vigorously defending his rights, all charges were dismissed. The man’s firearm, which was given to him by a family member, was even returned to him.


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Contact Ohio attorney Max Hiltner if you’re facing a gun charge

Our reputation at Hiltner Trial Lawyers is one of consistent success. We pair our clients with a top criminal defense attorney with years of experience in Ohio courtrooms and sharp negotiating skills. We closely inspect the intricate details of every charge and locate witnesses, arrange expert testimony and do everything in our power to protect your rights. If you need a criminal defense attorney, contact us today.
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“Max Hiltner is dynamite in the courtroom by connecting with the jury, recalling facts and cultivating good relationships with the opponents and presiding judge. He is professional, dedicated, honest and cares about the livelihood of his clients and their families. He excels in negotiating and hiring experts necessary for a well rounded defense. Max was one of my lawyers that stood between me and a life sentence. Without him on my team I would still be in prison. He will fight for you.”

- Colleen O.

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