DuPage Weapons Charges Attorney

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Weapons Defense Victories

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Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon

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Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon

Since the client was convicted of several felons years earlier, another conviction would have meant 4-10 years in prison. Using the right defense in this aggravated UUW case by trial, the client was found not guilty on all counts.

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ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

Armed Habitual Criminal & Gun Possession

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Armed Habitual Criminal & Gun Possession

Upon review of the case the driver was stopped for a minor traffic violation. Without probable cause, a valid search warrant or the drivers consent the client was detained and vehicle searched. All charges were dismissed when the court found the detention illegal and search was conducted without probable cause.

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Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon

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Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon

Officers stopped a car the client was riding inside. Upon searching the interior, they found a loaded 9mm pistol. At trial, during a thorough cross-examination of the arresting officer, there was reasonable doubt that my client was NOT GUILTY.

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The Most Common

Gun & Weapons Offenses

Unlawful Use of Weapons (UUW)
Aggravated UUW
Armed Habitual Criminal
Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm

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.

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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;

  1. If the firearm possessed was uncased, loaded and accessible at the time of the offense
  2. If you were in possession of the firearm and did not have a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification Card (FOIP)

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.

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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.

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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.

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    The Most Common

    Gun & Weapons Offenses

    UNLAWFUL USE OF A WEAPON (UUW)

    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 UUW

    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; if the firearm possessed was uncased, loaded and accessible at the time of the offense or if you were in possession of the firearm and didn’t have a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification Card (FOIP) Furthermore, if you have prior felonies, an aggravated UUW can mean a minimum of  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.

    ARMED HABITUAL CRIMINAL

    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.

    AGGRAVATED DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM

    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.

    DuPage Weapons-Related Charges Attorney

    Illinois has very strict gun laws. The laws that govern who can have a gun and how they can possess it are often misunderstood by law abiding citizens. For example, transporting a gun in your car for personal protection may result in a weapons charge even though you didn’t realize it was wrong.

    Furthermore, an allegation of a weapons offense in Illinois is very serious. Depending on the circumstances of the situation, prison is a real possibility because a weapons charge may be prosecuted as a felony.
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    Common Types of Weapons-Related Charges for Individuals in Illinois:

      • Unlawful Use of a Weapon (UUW)

    — Having a loaded weapon in your car is against the law and may be charged either as a felony or as a misdemeanor.

      • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon

    — Individuals who’ve been convicted of a felony are not allowed to possess firearms. While that is a simple concept to understand, few are familiar with constructive possession. That means by just having a gun in the house which you could have taken control of may be a sufficient basis for a conviction. This may be charged as a felony or misdemeanor as well.

      • Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon (UUW)

      • Armed Habitual Criminal

      • Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm
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    Our weapons charges defense lawyers are extremely familiar with constitutional defenses. Sutter Law Group has had many cases dismissed on this aspect alone. We will analyze the police reports to find out if the search and seizure was lawful and fight to protect your freedom.

    If you’ve been arrested for an unlawful use of a weapon (UUW) or unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon in DuPage or Cook County, the decisions you make in the next 24 hours may determine how your case is resolved.  Regardless of the severeness of your case, our first goal is have any charges dropped or reduced.

    If you or someone you love is facing UUW charges or Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapons charge contact Mark Sutter today for a free consultation. He’s available 24/7 to take your call at (312) 724-5600.

     

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      How Our DuPage Weapons Defense Attorney Will Assess Your Case

      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.

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