Protecting Your Rights After A Firearms Charge
While Americans have the right to bear arms, states still have strict laws surrounding firearms and other weapons. Illinois takes firearm safety seriously and has some of the toughest regulations in the country. Being charged with a weapons crime in Illinois often leads to harsh penalties that can significantly impact many areas of your life.
At Consumer Law Group, our firearms and weapons defense attorneys help clients in the Chicago area protect their rights. With over 300 years of combined experience, clients throughout Illinois trust our knowledge and skill to build a strong case in their defense.
Common Types Of Firearms And Weapons Charges In Illinois
There are several offenses under Illinois law that lead to weapons charges. Many involve the illegal use or ownership of a weapon, including fraudulently purchasing a firearm.
Common weapons charges include:
- Unlawful use of a weapon
- Illegal possession of a firearm
- Firearm owners’ identification fraud
- Possession of a weapon by a felon
If you commit another offense and use a weapon during the act, you may face additional charges. For example, brandishing a firearm during an assault leads to greater charges and more serious penalties.
What Are The Penalties For A Weapons Charge In Illinois?
The penalties for weapons charges in Illinois vary based on whether the crime is a first offense. For first-time offenders, most weapons charges are charged as a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $2,500 and up to one year in prison. Repeated violations are Class 4 felonies, which carry a sentence of one to three years in prison.
Aside from fines and prison time, you may lose your right to obtain and keep firearms. You may also have a criminal record that could impact your ability to find and maintain employment and get certain loans.
Don’t Let A Weapons Charge Derail Your Future
While a weapons charge may seem minor, it can derail your life and take away your ability to own firearms in the future. You need an attorney who will aggressively fight for you. Contact us to schedule a free consultation at 312-766-7777 or using our online form. We offer virtual consultations for your convenience.