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Phoenix Carrying a Concealed Weapon Lawyer

Your right to keep and bear arms is handed down by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. As such, it can be both shocking and frightening to be placed under arrest for carrying a concealed weapon in the state of Arizona.

If this nightmare scenario should happen to you, don’t panic. Instead, call the Orent Law Offices for help as soon as you can.

How Attorney Craig Orent Can Help if You Are Arrested for Carrying a Concealed Weapon in Arizona

Craig Orent has been working as a criminal defense attorney for more than 30 years. When you bring your concealed carry case to the Orent Law Offices, he will:

Protect Your Constitutional Rights

Law enforcement officers and prosecutors must respect your constitutional rights at every point in your case. Unfortunately, they do not always adhere to their obligations under the law. Violations occur with a frightening degree of regularity.

When you hire Mr. Orent, he will be on the lookout for potential rights violations during your case. If he spots one, he will interject immediately and bring it to the attention of the court. In doing so, he will ensure that you are treated fairly throughout the process.

Negotiate with the Prosecuting Attorney

Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, the prosecution may be willing to offer you a plea bargain. However, in order to make sure that the terms of such an agreement are fair, some negotiation may be required.

Over the years, Mr. Orent has negotiated on behalf of countless clients who were accused of violating Arizona’s concealed carry laws. During that time, he has become an expert at his craft. With Mr. Orent on your side, you can be certain that your interests are being well-represented at the negotiating table.

Represent You in Court

If the prosecuting attorney is unwilling to offer a fair plea bargain agreement, your concealed carry case will almost certainly end up going to court. There, a judge and jury will determine whether or not you are guilty and how you should be punished. If you wish to improve your chances of attaining a favorable outcome, you will need an experienced trial lawyer by your side throughout the process.

Having worked within the Arizona legal system for years, Mr. Orent has represented clients in courtrooms throughout the state. He knows how to argue your case in a way that will truly resonate with the judge and jury.

If you have been charged with the concealed possession of a firearm and need Mr. Orent’s legal assistance, please do not hesitate to give the Orent Law Offices a call. We would be more than happy to arrange a free consultation to discuss your case in greater detail.

Understanding Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Gun Owner in the State of Arizona

The state of Arizona has some of the most permissive gun laws in the United States. Before moving forward with your defense, it is a good idea to learn a little more about them:

Arizona’s Open Carry Laws

Under Arizona law, any adult who is not classified as a “prohibited possessor” may open carry handguns and other deadly weapons for defensive purposes without obtaining any permits or licenses. A list of individuals who may be considered “prohibited possessors” is outlined in section 13.3101(7) of the Arizona Revised Statutes. This list includes:

  • Individuals who have been found to constitute a danger to themselves or others
  • Individuals who have been convicted of a felony in Arizona or any other state
  • Individuals who are currently serving a jail or prison sentence
  • Individuals who are currently on probation or parole
  • Individuals who are not documented citizens or residents of the United States

If a person who falls into one of these categories is found to be in possession of a firearm, they may be arrested. Such an offense is a felony, punishable by at least two years in state prison.

Arizona’s Concealed Carry Laws

Until 2010, the state of Arizona required residents to obtain a CCW permit if they wished to carry a concealed firearm. Individuals who were found to be in violation of this rule could potentially be arrested and prosecuted.

In July of 2010, however, the Grand Canyon State enacted a series of “Constitutional Carry” laws. This new legislation made it possible for eligible Arizona residents to carry a concealed handgun or any other firearm within state borders without a permit.

Individuals who wish to carry a concealed weapon into another state can still apply for a concealed carry (CCW) permit.

How to Obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Arizona

People who wish to apply for a CCW permit in Arizona must first meet the state’s eligibility requirements. These requirements state that applicants must:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Be a resident of Arizona or a citizen of the United States
  • Be lawfully present in the United States
  • Have no pending criminal charges
  • Never have been convicted of a felony
  • Never have been diagnosed as mentally ill
  • Have completed a firearms training class

Individuals who pass the eligibility tests can apply for a CCW permit by:

  • Reading chapters 4 and 13 of Arizona Statute Title 13
  • Filling out an application packet
  • Returning the application along with proof of training, two fingerprint cards, and the appropriate fee ($60)

All applicants will be notified by mail within 2-4 weeks if their application has been approved. Those who are approved will be granted a CCW permit for 5 years, at which point they will need to file for renewal.

Arizona’s CCW permits are honored in 37 states. They are not accepted in California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, or the District of Columbia.

Should you have any additional questions about your rights or responsibilities as a gun owner in Arizona, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Orent Law Offices. We are ready, willing, and able to provide you with the information you require.

How Carrying a Concealed Weapon Can Violate Arizona Law

Despite Arizona’s relatively permissive gun regulations, it is still possible to get into trouble with the law when carrying a concealed weapon. Carrying a concealed weapon into an off-limits area is, without a doubt, the easiest way gun owners can run afoul of state law enforcement officials.

Carrying a Concealed Weapon in a Prohibited Area

A person who carries a concealed firearm into one of the following prohibited areas may be arrested and charged with a crime:

  • Nuclear and hydroelectric power generating facilities
  • Secured areas of airports
  • Jails (including jail grounds)
  • Correctional facilities (including correctional facility grounds)
  • Secure care facilities (including secure care facility grounds)
  • Polling places on an election day
  • Schools (including school grounds)
  • Private property that expressly forbids the carrying of deadly weapons
  • Establishments that are licensed to sell alcohol that is to be consumed on the property
  • Public colleges and universities that expressly forbid the carrying of deadly weapons

The amount of legal trouble that a gun owner can get into for carrying a concealed weapon into a prohibited area largely depends on exactly where they go.

An individual who brings a concealed weapon to a bar or a polling place will most likely be charged with a misdemeanor of the first degree (Class 1 misdemeanor). On the other hand, a person who carries a concealed firearm into a nuclear facility will probably be charged with a felony of the third degree (Class 3 felony).

If you have run afoul of the law for bringing your concealed weapon into an off-limits area, please contact the Orent Law Offices today. We may be able to help you get your charges dropped or reduced.

Punishments for Unlawfully Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon in a Prohibited Area

Individuals who are found guilty of carrying a concealed firearm in a prohibited area are punished in accordance with the Arizona penal code. Potential penalties include:

  • Jail sentences
  • Prison sentences
  • Fines
  • Probation
  • House arrest
  • Loss of gun ownership rights
  • Permanent criminal record

The severity of the penalties handed out in Arizona criminal cases typically depends on the seriousness of the associated offense. Individuals who are convicted of felony offenses can expect to be punished more severely than people who have been found guilty of misdemeanor crimes.

Attorney Craig Orent understands how frightening the penalties for criminal convictions in Arizona can be. As such, he fights tirelessly to help his clients avoid them. If you would like to have Mr. Orent represent you, please reach out to us today to set up a free consultation.

In Legal Trouble for Carrying a Concealed Weapon in Arizona? Contact the Experts at the Orent Law Offices Today

Craig Orent and his team here at the Orent Law Offices in Phoenix have been helping Arizona residents fight back against their weapons charges for years. During that time, we have gotten countless charges dropped and reduced. To have us represent you in your battle to clear your name, just give us a call or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.