Wisconsin Carrying a Weapon in Public Lawyer
If you have been accused of carrying a weapon in public in Wisconsin, contact the criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595 today. Criminal charges can derail your personal life and your career, as well as present serious financial challenges. The next few months are going to be challenging, and you need a strong ally in your corner who is going to fight for your rights. The experienced lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. will walk you step by step through the legal process, and they are prepared to go to battle to ensure you are treated fairly under the law. The first and most important step is to avoid speaking to law enforcement until you have spoken to an attorney, even if you are innocent. Because anything you say can be used against you in a court of law, it is best if you exercise your right to remain silent and hire a lawyer right away. Once you have experienced legal representation, the work to reduce your punishment to its absolute minimum can begin. Contact Hart Powell, S.C. today at (414) 271-9595 so we can get started on your defense.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Wisconsin’s law about carrying weapons is complex. Criminal defense lawyers can understand and interpret the details of the law, as well as the procedures and strategies of typical criminal court cases. A lawyer will collect and organize vital evidence and assemble a strong and strategic defense for the charges against you. And while the legal arena is not a familiar one to most people, a lawyer’s experience in the courtroom is invaluable for the presentation of your defense. Your lawyer will anticipate the strategy of the prosecution and combat it. Most importantly, hiring a skilled lawyer is the only way to ensure that you receive the minimum punishment possible. A lawyer’s job is to collect evidence and introduce as much doubt into the prosecution’s case as possible. They can argue for dropped charges or a not guilty verdict, or arrange an acceptable plea deal to minimize the penalties you face. They will be your representative, speaking for you in the courtroom. Because of their familiarity with the courtroom, they can keep a cool head, helping the argument in your favor shine through.
Why Hart Powell, S.C.?
At Hart Powell, S.C., we are dedicated to providing top-notch legal aid to our clients. Our firm has decades of legal know-how, and because our attorneys work together as a team, your case will benefit from multiple unique perspectives. Every one of our team members is passionate about protecting the rights of the citizens of Wisconsin. We believe in your right to possess a weapon, and we fight to protect that right every day. In our firm you will find an ally, a fighter, and a teammate. Our attention to detail is unmatched. No stone goes unturned that could help reduce your charges or sentence. Furthermore, we pride ourselves on the strength and quality of the defenses we assemble for our clients. Our superb track record and reputation for success speaks for itself. We know that the next few months are going to be emotionally and mentally taxing. Having a skilled guide to help you through this difficult time is essential. When you need our help, the team at Hart Powell, S.C. is there for you.
What are the Laws Surrounding Carrying a Weapon in Public in Wisconsin?
Firearm laws in Wisconsin are dense and complicated. If you have been charged with a weapons crime, it is important to speak to a lawyer about the specifics about your charges. The law states that any person carrying a dangerous weapon will receive a Class A misdemeanor. A weapon is described as a handgun, an electric weapon, or a billy club. However, this law does not apply to all persons all the time. Exemptions are as follow:
- A qualifying out-of-state law enforcement officer — Being a police officer from outside of Wisconsin does not automatically exempt you from the penalty. Out-of-state officers must meet specific requirements, including being authorized to carry the weapon, not being under any sort of disciplinary action, and meeting all standards of their particular law enforcement agency to qualify them to use a firearm. The officer must also not be under the influence of an intoxicant.
- A qualifying former law enforcement officer — Much like the qualifications an out-of-state police officer must meet, a former law enforcement officer may only carry a weapon in public if they meet the following conditions: photographic identification of both the officer and the weapon they are carrying must be provided, as well as documentation confirming that the former officer completed firearms training within the 12 months preceding the day in which they were found to have a concealed weapon.
- A licensee — A licensee is someone who has a concealed carry license for their weapon. Both in-state and out-of-state licensees can carry concealed weapons.
- An individual on their own property — An individual is permitted to carry a weapon in their own dwelling, place of business, or land.
Although “weapon” is a relatively broad term in the English language, the word is used more specifically in Wisconsin law. There are types of weapons and weapon accessories that are not permitted to be used by former or active law enforcement:
- Machine guns — Machine guns are not protected under Wisconsin law to be carried in public.
- Firearm silencer — Silencers are not permitted to be used on weapons.
- “Destructive Device” — Destructive device is a general term under Wisconsin law that denotes machine-gun like weapons. These weapons are not permitted.
What is outlined above is merely a summary of the Wisconsin laws surrounding weapons. The actual text of the law is detailed and contains many exceptions. The only way to interpret it correctly and apply it to your case is to hire a professional.
If you have been accused of carrying a weapon in public in Wisconsin, it is vital that you hire a firearm offense attorney. The more time you wait, the less time there is to assemble your defense. Having an attorney on your side will give you the confidence that comes with a strong defense and the ease of knowing your penalty will be at an absolute minimum. Contact Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595 for your free case evaluation.