Weapons offenses in Wisconsin encompass a range of illegal activities involving firearms, knives, and other weapons. The penalties for a weapons offense in Wisconsin can vary depending on the specific offense, the type of weapon involved, and your prior criminal history.
1. Carrying a Concealed Weapon:
In Wisconsin, you generally need a concealed carry license to carry a concealed firearm. If you are found carrying a concealed weapon in Wisconsin without a valid permit, you may face criminal charges. The penalties can vary but may include fines and possible jail time.
2. Felon in Possession of a Firearm:
It is illegal for individuals with certain felony convictions to possess firearms in Wisconsin. Being a felon in possession of a firearm is a serious offense and can result in significant penalties.
3. Illegal Possession of a Dangerous Weapon:
Some weapons, such as switchblade knives and brass knuckles, are prohibited in Wisconsin. Possessing these weapons without a valid legal reason can result in criminal charges.
4. Carrying a Weapon in a Restricted Area:
Certain areas, such as government buildings, schools, and courthouses, have restrictions on carrying weapons. Violating these restrictions can lead to criminal charges.
5. Reckless Use of Firearms:
Recklessly discharging a firearm or endangering others with a weapon can result in criminal charges.
6. Illegal Sale or Transfer of Firearms:
Engaging in the illegal sale or transfer of firearms, such as selling a firearm to a prohibited person, can lead to criminal charges.
Consequences for Weapons Offense in Wisconsin
The specific consequences for a weapons offense in Wisconsin depend on the nature and severity of the offense. Some weapons offenses are classified as misdemeanors, while others are felonies, which generally carry more severe penalties, including longer prison sentences.
Do You Need to Speak to an Attorney about a Weapon Offense?
If you want to know what could happen as the result of a weapon offense, call our office at 414-383-6700 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our Wisconsin gun crime lawyers who can provide the guidance you need.