Gun Crime

In Illinois, gun crimes and other weapons violations carry severe sentences. Those convicted often face permanent marks on their record, along with hefty fines and community service. In many cases, these charges have mandatory prison sentences. These weapons charges can be extremely complex and leave a lot at stake.

It is crucial to have an experienced criminal defense attorney in your corner, regardless of the gun charge you face. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys can provide dependable, aggressive trial representation if you face charges for any type of gun crime.

Our team looks at not only the immediate impact, but also the long-term effects of your conviction. We will give you the information you need to make educated decisions about your case’s future and a proper defense that lasts well beyond the courtroom.

Working with a gun crime attorney is the first step toward protecting your rights and your future. We will attempt to dismiss, negotiate down, or fight for the least punishment possible on your weapons charge.

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With every case we take, our first concern is to see that your rights are protected at all times.

We will investigate the circumstances of your arrest to determine if your rights were protected. Our gun crime attorneys will review every part of your case to ensure each part of the investigation was done in accordance with the law.

If we find any indication that your rights were violated at any point during the process, we will take action to have the charges against you reduced or dismissed.

 

Our attorneys have handled a wide range of felony and misdemeanor weapons cases, including:

Guns
Knives
Brass Knuckles
Throwing Stars

Tire Irons
Pipes
Bats
Bottles

Violent Gun Crimes

Illinois has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, meaning that the laws that surround carrying and using a firearm in a crime could lead to jail time, expensive fines, and a criminal record.

Gun crime charges are often filed in conjunction with violent offenses, drug possession, or property-related charges like theft. Possession of a firearm or another type of concealed weapon during the commission of a crime can significantly increase the penalties you will face if convicted.

Crimes that would generally qualify as misdemeanors might increase to felonies if the alleged offender used a gun while committing the crime. The use of a weapon makes any crime more serious, and therefore subject to greater penalties, such as mandatory prison.

If this is a repeat offense, you could be facing mandatory minimum sentences involving lengthy imprisonment. Our gun crime attorneys have experience working in all areas of criminal law. We will develop a comprehensive approach to your case as we assess every detail and form a strategic plan.

Unlawful Possession of Weapons

Certain people are barred from owning and possessing weapons in Illinois, including handguns.  These people include:

  • Those prohibited from acquiring or possessing firearms or ammunition by an Illinois state statute or federal law
  • Fugitives
  • A person who has been convicted of a felony under Illinois law or any other jurisdiction
  • An adult who was delinquent minor for an offense that would have been a felony if committed by an adult
  • Any person convicted of domestic battery, aggravated domestic battery, or a substantially similar offense
  • Any person convicted within the past five years of battery, assault, aggravated assault violation of a protection order, or similar offense in which a firearm was used or possessed
  • Those under 21 unless they have written consent of a parent or legal guardian at age 18+
  • Any person unlawfully present in the United States
  • Any person admitted to the United States under a non-immigrant visa with certain exceptions
  • A person who is not a resident of Illinois with limited exceptions to law enforcement officers, security officers, or military personnel assigned in Illinois
  • Addicted to narcotics
  • A patient of a mental health facility within the past five years
  • A patient of a mental health facility more than five years ago if they have not received certification by a physician, clinical psychologist, or qualified examiner after a mental health evaluation determines the patient is not a clear and present danger to themselves or others
  • A person who has been clinically and legally determined to be mentally disabled
  • A person involuntarily admitted into a mental health facility
  • A person who intentionally made false statements on the FOID card application

It’s vital to consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can advise you through this challenging period. Choosing the right attorney can mean the difference between a permanent criminal record and walking out of court, breathing a sigh of relief.

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