Crimes of violence may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. A misdemeanor conviction can result in a sentence [...]
Possession of a loaded weapon and carrying a concealed firearm/weapon in public are typical violations that can occur among hunters, those seeking to protect themselves, and other well-intending people, but can still be criminally charged. Just like in other criminal cases, the circumstances involved with weapons violation are extremely important and can vary from case to case. If there are mitigating circumstances, they may not always be apparent to the arresting/citing officer (i.e., person simply forgot to put pistol/rifle back in locked case). Even if they are known to the officer, this information may not be properly communicated to the prosecutor who will evaluate the case. The criminal consequences include not only the possibility of jail and probation, but also lengthy or permanent prohibitions from possessing and owning firearms.