The felony crime of Carrying a Concealed Weapon is committed when a person secretly possesses a firearm or dangerous weapon on his/her person or in his/her vehicle. You can be charged with this offense even if you don’t have personal possession of the weapon if it is located in a place that you have control over, such as a vehicle you are driving. The law defines a dangerous weapon as a dagger, dirk, stiletto, a double-edged nonfolding stabbing instrument of any length. Other types of dangerous weapons, such as brass knuckles or a taser, can result in charges too. Hunting knives carried in the course of hunting are exempt from the law and may be legally possessed for hunting purposes. The law also allows people to possess concealed weapons in their home and at their business without violating the law. A person can possess a concealed pistol if he/she carries a concealed weapons permit.
The felony offense of Carrying a Concealed Weapon is punishable by imprisonment for up to 5 years and/or a fine of $2,500.00. The minimum sentence on such a charge is mandatory probation of several years. Some people convicted of this charge in Washtenaw County will serve 3-6 months in jail if there are aggravating circumstances surrounding the offense or the person has a lengthy criminal history. The final sentence often depends on the quality of the legal representation the defendant has throughout the case.