Criminal defense attorneys Matthew R. Meyer and Benjamin T. Van Severen provide aggressive carrying a concealed weapon defense. Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit is a misdemeanor offense in Wisconsin. Certain district attorney’s offices in Wisconsin take a tough stance on this charge. For example, Milwaukee County has an office policy requiring that any plea negotiations involve jail time. Our criminal defense firm, Meyer Van Severen, S.C., is comfortable working on difficult criminal cases.
Carrying a concealed weapon focuses on the carrying of a “dangerous weapon.” A dangerous weapon includes any firearm, whether that firearm is loaded or unloaded, any device designed as a weapon and capable of producing death or serious bodily injury, any device/instrumentality designed and intended to produce death or great bodily harm, or any electric weapon.
Often the issue criminal defense attorneys face at trial is whether the weapon is “concealed.” Concealed means the weapon is hidden from ordinary observation. The weapon need not be completed hidden in order to qualify. It’s important that your attorney understand the law surrounding the crime in order to provide you quality carrying a concealed weapon defense. It’s also important that you understand the law. Often individuals believe that carrying a weapon in a glove box is fine. It’s not. Without a permit you could be charged with a crime. Weapons must not be on the defendant’s body
Carrying a concealed weapon is prohibited by Section 941.23(2) of the Wisconsin Statutes. It is defined as simply “[Carrying] a concealed and dangerous weapon.” The elements the State would need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt at trial are as follows:
1) The defendant carried a dangerous weapon;
2) The defendant was aware of the presence of a weapon; and
3) The weapon was concealed
“Carried” means that the weapon involved was either on the defendant’s body or was within the defendant’s reach.
An individual facing these charges faces a Class A misdemeanor. A Class A misdemeanor carries with it the possibility of 9 months jail and a $10,000.00 fine, or both. See this blog post for a discussion of misdemeanor penalties.
As mentioned earlier, these charges are often carry a jail sentence. It’s important to hire a skilled criminal defense attorney for carrying a concealed weapon defense.
Our criminal lawyers have defended carrying a concealed weapon cases. Even if you believe you’re guilty of the crime, the police may have acted in an illegal manner. If that is the case, your criminal lawyer may be able to get all evidence suppressed. Suppression of the evidence could lead to a dismissal of your case. Contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. at (414) 270-0202 to set up a free consultation.