VILLA PARK, DUPAGE COUNTY CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAYWER: WEAPONS 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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HOW DUPAGE CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER 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 realated 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.
THE TWO TYPES OF WEAPONS-RELATED CHARGES FOR INDIVIDUALS IN ILLINOIS ARE:
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.
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.
Contact us at 630.519.6900 or fill out the contact form for a complimentary case evaluation.