Board-Certified* Criminal Trial Specialists to Protect Your Firearm Rights
Indiana regulates the licensing, possession, and distribution of firearms, or any weapon designed to expel a projectile via an explosion. Indiana adults who are 18 years or older and who are not felons may purchase a firearm, but they will need to obtain a License to Carry a Handgun for open and concealed carry. Violating these laws constitutes a criminal offense and could result in jail time, fines, and a revocation of your firearm rights.
The Criminal Defense Team of Baldwin Perry & Wiley PC is led by Board-Certified* Criminal Trial Specialists who practice exclusively in the area of criminal law. They take a team approach to all their criminal cases, so you can rest assured that you will have multiple eyes on your case and full office support. You will also have 24-hour access to the attorneys at the firm, and they will do their best to build a case that tells your story effectively.
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One important category of Indiana’s gun laws is licensed carry. According to Indiana Code § 45-37-2-1, it is against the law to carry a handgun in your vehicle or person without a valid license to carry. Any adult who is at least 18 years old may apply for a License to Carry a Handgun (LCH). The only exceptions for not needing an LCH are:
- Using a handgun on your own property
- Using a handgun on another’s property or at a shooting range if they are permitted to do so
- Transporting an unloaded handgun in a vehicle if it is enclosed in a case and not accessible
- Using a handgun for hunting
Carrying an Unlicensed Gun
Gun laws in Indiana (like in most states and at the federal level) are numerous and complex. One of those laws criminalizes citizens carrying handguns outside their homes without first receiving a state license to do so.
Carrying unlawfully without a license is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in county jail and up to $5,000 in fines. However, the offense can be bumped to a Level 5 felony if the accused has a prior conviction for the same offense.
Some laws make carrying a handgun by people with certain prior criminal convictions major felony offenses (even misdemeanor domestic battery). To top that off, in this day and age, most prosecutors are not apt to make favorable plea offers in gun cases. You’re going to have to fight to gain negotiating leverage.
Having Board Certified* lawyers who know state and federal gun laws and who know how to successfully challenge illegal police searches of your car, home or person is critical if you find yourself charged with a gun crime. Together with you, The Criminal Defense Team can give you your best chance for obtaining the best result available given the law and the facts of your particular case.