Weapon Crimes Attorney Chicago
Chicago Weapons Charges
Federal and state laws govern the use of weapons. All firearm owners in Chicago are required to register for a FOID (Firearm Owners Identification) card. That card allows the registered person to lawfully carry a weapon. The weapons laws in Illinois are strict with harsh penalties for violators. Anyone who carries a weapon and does not follow the legal requirements to do so may face criminal charges and imprisonment if convicted. A person who is charged with a weapons violation should contact a Chicago criminal lawyer for legal advice and guidance. At the Law Offices of Howard J. Wise & Associates, we have the experience necessary to defend clients who are faced with weapons charges in Chicago or anywhere in Cook County or the surrounding communities.
Challenging Weapon Charges
A person who violates weapons laws in Illinois can be arrested for unlawful use of a weapon (UUW). Some common weapons charges may stem from:
- Aggravated unlawful use of a weapon – assault weapons, rifles, shotguns, knives
- Unlawful use of a weapon by a felon
- Armed robbery
- Carjacking while in possession of a weapon
- Unlawful sale or distribution of weapons
- Unlawful possession of a weapon
- Possession of an illegal weapon
The illegal possession or purchase of a weapon is a very serious offense. A defendant convicted of weapons charges may be sentenced to jail, prison, stiff fines, court-mandated counseling and probation depending on the circumstances and the severity of the crime. A weapons charge can have life-changing affects such as loss of reputation, family and friends, loss of employment and credit status. Our law firm has the resources and knowledge to handle any type of weapon charges cases; we are ready to put our extensive experience to work for you!
Contact a Chicago weapons lawyer at our offices today for the legal representation you need.