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Ohio Division of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)

Explore the Ohio Division of the IAAI — a globally recognized association with a membership exceeding 9,000 professionals specializing in fire investigations. Delve into the comprehensive resources offered by the Ohio Chapter on their website. Whether you’re seeking information on educational training opportunities, the qualification process for Certified Fire Investigators (CFIs), or the various committees active within the organization, it’s all available for you to enhance your expertise in the field of fire investigation.

Youngstown Criminal Law Group – Defense Counsel for Arson Charges in Youngstown

When facing the severe implications of an arson accusation in Mahoning County, securing expert legal representation is critical. The Youngstown Criminal Law Group stands as a staunch advocate for those charged with such serious offenses throughout Ohio, Sean Logue, a reputed Youngstown criminal lawyer based in Youngstown, commits to assiduously defending the rights of the accused. With Sean Logue’s experienced legal guidance, charged individuals have a fighting chance to see their accusations lessened or potentially dismissed altogether.

For a thorough examination of your case and professional answers to your pressing legal concerns, reach out to Sean Logue at the Youngstown Criminal Law Group by calling (330) 992-3036, or by filling out an online inquiry form to schedule a confidential, no-cost initial meeting.

Possession of a Firearm by a Felon in Mahoning County

In Mahoning County, and throughout Ohio, the law sets strict rules for firearm possession, especially when it comes to those with a prior felony conviction.

Under Ohio law, specifically outlined in Ohio Revised Code § 2923.13, there are clear restrictions against acquiring, possessing, or using firearms or related dangerous equipment under the following circumstances:

  • If you’re considered a fugitive, that is, you’re running from the law.
  • If you’re currently indicted or previously convicted for a violent felony or found guilty as a minor for a similar act.
  • If you’re currently indicted or previously convicted related to illegal drug activities or found guilty as a minor for a comparable crime.
  • If you have drug dependency issues or suffer from chronic alcoholism.
  • If there are mental health concerns where you have been legally ruled incompetent or committed to a mental institution, among other specified conditions.

Under Ohio Revised Code § 2923.11(K), ‘dangerous ordinance’ encompasses a variety of potentially lethal weapons and substances. A dangerous ordnance may be:

  • Firearms that are fully automatic, significantly modified like sawed-off, homemade weapons such as zip-guns, or ballistic knives.
  • Explosives or inflammable devices, and a wide range of explosive materials like nitroglycerin, TNT, and other high-level explosive substances suited for military use, mining, or demolition work.
  • Military-purpose firearms and launchers, including rocket launchers, mortars, grenades, and the munitions designed for those weapons.
  • Any device designed to silence or suppress the sound of a firearm.

However, there are exemptions to what constitutes a dangerous ordnance:

  • Antique firearms with outdated ignition systems or designed for black powder.
  • Sporting firearms that may include modified military weapons, alongside their ammunition, unless they are modified into an automatic or sawed-off version.
  • Historical artillery pieces that harken back to pre-1887 designs, lacking modern recoil systems and intended for black powder use.
  • Black powder and related components used lawfully in antique firearms or in shooting sports.
  • Inoperable or inert ordnance items retained as collectibles or display pieces.

Understanding these laws is crucial, as ignoring them could result in severe legal consequences. If you fall into any of the listed categories, owning or handling firearms or any described weaponry is likely illegal and could lead to charges. Always seek knowledgeable legal assistance if you’re uncertain about your right to bear arms due to past run-ins with the law.

Consequences of Felony Firearm Possession in Youngstown

In the state of Ohio, it is a serious third-degree felony if someone is found to be in possession of a weapon and is already prohibited from having one due to particular legal restrictions. Those who are convicted could face a range of punishments which may include:

  • A possible prison term that could extend up to five years;
  • And/or a monetary penalty that might be as much as $10,000.

Beyond the immediate repercussions such as fines and incarceration, those with a felony conviction on their record can experience lasting impacts that persist long after they’ve fulfilled their legal punishments. Finding gainful employment or secure housing can be significantly more challenging for individuals with a felony history. Furthermore, they might find themselves ineligible for financial aid and legally barred from owning firearms.

National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Overview | FBI Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) utilize the NICS, a comprehensive database, to promptly assess whether individuals are authorized to purchase firearms. While private sellers and gun dealers without a federal license are not mandated to carry out these checks, understanding how the NICS functions is still crucial. For those who feel that they have been unjustly denied the right to a firearm transfer, detailed information is available on the NICS website pertaining to the appeals process.

If you’ve recently been detained for possessing a firearm while legally prohibited in southwest Ohio, it’s critical to consult with a Youngstown criminal attorney before making any statements to law enforcement officials. The Youngstown Criminal Law Group is poised to provide the legal assistance you require.

Specializing in criminal defense in the Youngstown area, Sean Logue is a Youngstown OVI lawyer who advocates for clients in Mahoning County. To receive comprehensive answers to your questions and an evaluation of your case, reach out to Sean Logue. You can make contact by dialing (330) 992-3036 or through completing an online contact form to arrange a no-cost initial meeting.

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