Gun Offense Attorney Serving Cicero, Berwyn and Evanston
There are a variety of serious charges that are related to weapons of all types. Even common everyday items can be termed a “weapon” under certain circumstances, but the majority of weapons involved in such cases are firearms. If you possess a gun without a permit, this is a criminal offense in Illinois, and you face steep fines and possible jail time, depending upon the circumstances of the case.
Every person who owns a gun in Illinois must have a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card (FOID card). If you are caught possessing a gun and do not have the FOID card, you are in serious legal trouble. If you have a criminal record it becomes even more dangerous with regard to penalties. When a gun has been used in the commission of another criminal offense, the penalties are radically increased. Any gun or weapon offense requires the skill of a Chicago criminal defense attorney from the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege to assist you in fighting for your freedom.
About Gun Offenses in Chicago
Some of the types of weapons offenses that require strong legal representation from the firm include:
- Possession of a firearm without an FOID card
- Unlawful use of a weapon
- Illegal possession of a weapon
- Aggravated or reckless discharge of a firearm
- Concealed weapons charges
- Possession of a weapon in the commission of a crime
- Transportation of guns across state lines
- Illegal importation of guns
- Illegal distribution of guns
- Federal weapons charges
Gun and Weapon Defense Lawyer in the Chicago Area
The courts do not look kindly upon those who are charged with gun or weapon charges, and state lawmakers have created severe penalties for those who violate the laws. Many individuals are not even aware that certain actions are highly illegal, such as carrying a weapon in your vehicle for protection. In order to legally carry a weapon in your vehicle, you are required to enclose the gun in a case, and it cannot be loaded. If you are stopped and the gun is found, in many cases you will be charged with unlawful use of a weapon – a Class IV felony offense. If convicted, you will face the remainder of your life as a convicted felon, with all the problems and difficulties that come with that designation.
Never proceed into a courtroom on a gun or weapons charge without a strong Chicago criminal defense attorney at your side. At the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege, the legal team has assisted many clients in resolving this very serious matter and avoiding the serious damage to their life and reputation through skillful defense tactics. The legal team must review and evaluate the circumstances of the charge in order to advise you how to move forward. Fast action is crucial, as the evidence must be reviewed at once to avoid loss of critical information that could assist in the defense case. Contact the firm at once.
Contact a Chicago criminal lawyer from the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege today.