When you are traveling from Detroit Metro Airport and going through security, you need to be extremely careful about having any weapons on you that could result in criminal charges. Whether you live in Michigan and Detroit Metro Airport is your home base, or if you have a particularly long layover in Detroit and decide to leave the airport and go back through security before your flight, you need to be aware of weapons offenses under both the Wayne County Airport Authority Airport Ordinance (“Airport Rules and Regulations”), and Section 259.80f of the Aeronautics Code of the State of Michigan. Depending upon the specific nature of the violation, a defendant can face misdemeanor or felony penalties.
Were you charged with a misdemeanor dangerous weapon offense? A Detroit airport crimes defense attorney can help.
Airport Rules and Regulations and Dangerous Weapons
Under Section 11.5 of the Airport Rules and Regulations, it is a violation to “possess a dangerous weapon in any area of the airport.” This means that you cannot possess a dangerous weapon in any airport buildings, airport terminals, airfields, aircraft and aircraft vehicles, and even in the airport parking lot. In other words, if you are planning to pick up someone from the airport or to take a flight out of Detroit Metro Airport, you cannot have a prohibited weapon with you. In particular, attempting to go through a TSA Checkpoint with a prohibited weapon can lead to Checkpoint Violations and serious repercussions.
Examples of dangerous weapons include but are not limited to the following:
- Spring sticks;
- Metal knuckles;
- Sand clubs;
- Bows and arrows;
- Certain flailing instruments;
- Throwing stars;
- Stun guns; and
- Other shock devices.
As you can see, there are numerous weapons on the list that are legal to possess outside the setting of the airport, but that become unlawful possessions if you attempt to take them onto the airport premises and through a security checkpoint. A violation of Section 11.5 is a misdemeanor offense.
Michigan Airport Law and Weapons Offenses
Under Section 259.80f of the Aeronautics Code of the State of Michigan, it is unlawful to possess, carry, or attempt to possess or carry certain items into the sterile area of a commercial airport. Those items include the following weapons:
- Knives with a blade of any length;
- Box cutters;
- Items with blades similar to razors or box cutters; and
- Dangerous weapons.
Persons who violate the law can be charged with either a misdemeanor or felony offense depending upon the circumstances. A misdemeanor is punishable with a fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in prison. When an individual violates the above law and attempts to go through security and board an airplane with one of the above items, it is a felony offense that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Contact an Airport Criminal Defense Lawyer in Detroit
If you were caught with a weapon while going through airport security, or charged with a weapons offense at Detroit Metro Airport, you should seek assistance from a Michigan airport criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
At the law office of Paul J. Tafelski, we have experience with cases involving the Wayne County Airport Police and dangerous weapon offenses. We can seek to have your case resolved in a way that keeps your record clean and prevents you from having to appear in court. Contact us for more information about how we can assist with your case.