Unlawful possession of dangerous ordnance; illegally manufacturing or processing explosives ORC § 2923.17

Defined Generally:
  • Knowingly,
    • Acquiring, having, or carrying a dangerous ordinance; or
    • Manufacturing or processing an explosive
  • Without license of permission from the government.
Overview:

In Ohio, a dangerous ordinance includes guns such as Ak-47s and sawed off shotguns, knives, other such devices, if unlawful, that can be used as weapons. “Bottle bombs” or plastic bottles filled with toilet bowl cleaner and aluminum, commonly used in “science experiments” by teenagers, is not considered by courts to be a dangerous ordinance, but can be considered an explosive.

Potential Penalties:

A violation of this Ohio law involving a dangerous ordinance is generally treated as a felony of the fifth degree, which can be punished by up to 12 months in prison and a fine of up to $2500. However, if an explosive is involved, a violation is treated as more serious and is generally considered a felony of the second degree, which can be punished by up to 8 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

At Funkhouser Law, from the moment a client walks through the door, we presume that they are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. As such, we work hard to accomplish the most favorable outcome for each of our clients. If you have been accused of unlawful possession, please call Funkhouser Law for a free consultation with an experienced, peer-rated lawyer.