How to beat your gun case in Chicago
Due to recent changes in Illinois law even first time offenders charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon are not eligible to receive probation as a sentence for their gun charge. Realizing that if convicted a prison sentence is the only sentence the judge can impose it becomes extremely important that you retain an experienced Chicago criminal lawyer who handles gun charges in Chicago and Illinois. Michael P. Schmiege is an Illinois gun lawyer who will fight your gun charge in Illinois. Mr. Schmiege has the experience and skill necessary to beat your gun charge.
If you are facing a gun or weapon charge in Illinois there are numerous ways that your Chicago criminal attorney can go about attempting to beat your Illinois gun charge. You can fight and beat your Illinois Gun Charge through a Motion to Suppress Evidence or at trial by challenging whether the government can prove that you knowingly possessed the gun.
Beating a Gun Case through a Motion to Suppress Evidence
Our attorney, in certain circumstances, will file a motion to suppress evidence. The goal of this motion is to show the court that the accused was searched in an illegal manner and as a result of that illegal search a weapon was recovered. Pursuant to the United States Constitution all individuals are to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures. What that means is that the police need to have probable cause in order to arrest and search you. We have been very successful in suppressing evidence in gun cases in Chicago and filing and litigating a motion to suppress evidence is one way to beat your gun case. If you are facing a gun charge and believe that your arrest was the result of an illegal search or illegal arrest by the police then it is imperative that you contact us immediately.
Beating a Gun Case by Challenging Knowledge
The government needs to prove to the judge or jury certain elements of the offense in your case. One of the things that the government needs to prove is that you knowingly possessed the gun or weapon. Our attorney has been successful in challenging gun cases by arguing that you did not know about the gun. For instance, maybe the gun was found in the trunk of a car in a backpack that didn’t belong to you or the gun was found underneath the seat of a vehicle that you were driving but didn’t own. We will take your gun case to trial and challenge whether the government can prove your case beyond a reasonable doubt and prove to the judge or the jury that you knew the weapon was there.
Contact Chicago Criminal Lawyer Michael Schmiege today if you or a loved one is facing a gun charge in Illinois and you are looking for a way to beat the gun charge.