When you are facing any type of firearms charges in Illinois, it is essential to begin working with an experienced Chicago gun charges attorney as soon as possible. Many types of gun charges can result in substantial monetary fines and significant terms of imprisonment, not to mention the devastating effects of having a violent offense on your criminal record.
At the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus, we know that gun charges can arise in a wide variety of cases, from honest mistakes over concealed weapon requirements to gun charges accompanying other offenses such as assault or robbery. Our criminal defense team can assess the specific facts of your case today and can develop a defense strategy based on the particular charges in your case.
In Chicago, people can face many different types of gun or firearm charges under Illinois law. An aggressive Chicago firearms defense attorney can help with a wide variety of gun charge defenses, including but not limited to the following types of firearms cases:
Some firearms are unlawful no matter who possesses them, such as a machine gun or a sawed-off shotgun, or a firearm with a silencer. It is also unlawful to be in possession of a firearm that has undergone certain alterations. Even if you want to own a permitted firearm, you need to know that you must have a FOID card or a license. To be clear, you can face certain firearm offenses even if you are allowed to have a firearm and do not have any prior violent felony convictions. And even if you have a FOID card or a concealed carry license, you can face gun charges if you carry your weapon on certain types of property where firearm carry is not allowed.
Penalties for gun charges in Chicago vary widely depending upon the offense and whether you have a previous criminal record. Generally speaking, however, most weapons offenses range from Class A misdemeanors to felony offenses. For example:
These are only a few examples. You should discuss potential penalties and how to avoid them with a Chicago criminal defense lawyer.
Are you facing gun charges? Whether you are a first-time offender or you have a criminal record, an aggressive Chicago gun charges lawyer can help you to develop a strong defense to beat the charges you are facing. Contact the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus today to find out more about how we can assist you with your defense strategy.
Senior Partner Jonathan Minkus has successfully defended individuals charged with every conceivable criminal offense, from traffic misdemeanors to death-penalty eligible homicides.
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