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Naperville Weapons Charges Lawyer

DuPage County Firearm Crime Lawyer

Attorney for FOID Issues, AHC, UUW, and More in Naperville

Weapons charges are taken very seriously in Illinois. Illinois is not a particularly gun-friendly state, much to the chagrin of many firearm owners. The laws surrounding firearm possession and use can be strict, and the sentencing harsh. Even a responsible gun owner can be hit by with an unexpected weapons charge if they fail to obtain the proper Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card required in Illinois. While a simple FOID violation is typically a misdemeanor, most other weapons charges are far more serious. For example, possessing a firearm as a felon is almost always a felony. If you are facing weapons charges in Illinois, it is important to realize the incredible seriousness of the situation. Judges are not often forgiving of those they see as a danger to the public or an irresponsible firearm owner.

Appelman Law LLC can help fight back against your weapons charge. Our team of dedicated criminal defense attorneys is highly experienced in defending people who have been charged with a weapons offense. We realize that many individuals who find themselves facing weapons charges are not hardened criminals, but rather, everyday responsible gun owners who inadvertently ran afoul of the laws regarding when and where a person can lawfully possess a gun. No matter your situation, we will do all we can to reach a favorable outcome in your case.

FOID Violations Attorney in Naperville

Possessing a firearm without a FOID is a very common weapons crime. Illinois is one of not many states that require all firearm owners to register. In most cases, this is a misdemeanor. However, if you are arrested a second time for a FOID violation, you will likely be charged with a felony. Our attorneys will strive to minimize any impact this case could have on your life.

Unlawful Use of a Firearm Laws

The title of this crime is a bit of a misnomer. You do not need to actually use a firearm to face this charge. Merely possessing a firearm can be considered "use" for the purpose of this offense. You may be charged with this crime if you possess a gun in a public place, a place of worship, or a business licensed to sell alcohol. This means firearm owners must be very careful about where they go with their gun.

Aggravated unlawful use may be charged if you had the firearm in a public place or in your vehicle without proper documentation, and the firearm was ready to fire and immediately accessible to you. This is an extremely serious felony.

Unlawful use by a felon is also an automatic felony charge. Depending on your prior convictions, a 7-year mandatory minimum sentence may apply. As each of these offenses are quite serious, it is very important to seek help from an attorney.

Lawyer for Armed Habitual Criminal Charges

This is among the most serious of all firearm offenses. You may be deemed a "habitual criminal" for the purposes of this offense if you have two or more prior convictions for any of the following or any combination of the following: any forcible felony (including violent crimes), firearm charges, or drug charges.

If you are convicted of this offense, you will almost certainly go to prison for at least 6 years, and possibly up to thirty. It is a Class X felony, the most serious level of offense in Illinois. It is incredibly important to find skilled legal representation and focus on your defense.

Contact a Naperville Weapons Charges Lawyer

At Appelman Law LLC, our well-versed criminal defense team is skilled in fighting back on behalf of people facing weapons charges. We understand the seriousness of these charges and will do everything in our power to protect your freedom and uphold your rights. Contact us at 630-717-7801 to receive a complimentary consultation with a knowledgeable DuPage County criminal defense lawyer.

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