In Illinois, most UUW charges are misdemeanors; however there are situations that can make it a Class X Felony. You can be cited for a UUW for a variety of reasons, but some of the most common firearm offenses include: knowingly possessing a gun without a permit, carry a concealed weapon without the proper license or discharging a firearm recklessly. If you need an aggressive weapons attorney in DuPage or surrounding Chicago suburbs, we can help.
Aggravated unlawful use of a weapon charges are a Class 4 Felony carrying a sentence of 1-3 years in state prison. There are several factors for this type of offense, but two of the most common are;
Furthermore, if you have prior felonies, an aggravated UUW can mean a minimum of 3 years in prison. Our aggravated unlawful use of weapons attorney defends clients throughout DuPage County; including Wheaton, Naperville, Downers Grove, Elgin, Aurora, Elmhurst and Addison.
If you are a repeat offender and cited for a weapons offense, then you will probably be charged as an armed habitual criminal. This type of offense is classified as a Class X Felony and one of the most serious in Illinois. Unlawful use of a weapon by a felon can mean a minimum of 6 years in prison. Cases of this nature tend to be complex and most successful when you have an experienced firearms attorney by your side. Sutter Law Group has successfully represented many clients facing Class X Felonies. If you need help, our DuPage County UUW Lawyers can help.
In Illinois, if you fire a weapon at someone or into a building with the intent to hurt the safety of someone else, you can be charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm. Weapons offenses of this nature are a Class 1 Felony, meaning 4-15 years in prison and hefty monetary fines. Additionally, should the offense occur within 1,000 feet of a school, the penalty increases to a Class X Felony with 6-30 years in prison. Our DuPage County Criminal Defense Attorney knows exactly how to represent and defend clients facing aggravated weapons charges.
In Illinois, it is against the law to carry a weapon on your person or in your car unless you have a FOID (Firearm Owners Identification) card. Even if you have a FOID card, the gun your transporting inside the vehicle must be enclosed in a case and unloaded. If you carry a gun under the car seat or in the glove compartment of your car, you could be charged with unlawful use of a weapon (UUW). UUW is a class 4 felony, punishable by one to three years in prison.
Our lead Criminal Defense Lawyer, Mark Sutter, has tried numerous weapons charge cases in front of a judge and jury. He will start by evaluating the type of weapons charge alleged, as well as the circumstances related to your case. Because he’s a former felony prosecutor, his clients have a distinct advantage in that he understands the complexities of a state’s case and how to challenge illegal police searches and seizures.
Hence, if you are charged or arrested for a DUI in the DuPage County area, contact an experienced Illinois DUI lawyer with Sutter Law Group by calling 312-724-5600.