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Charged with unlawful use of a weapon in Chicago?

Obviously it is unlawful to discharge a weapon at someone with intent to commit bodily harm including all of the varying degrees of such an action; there are also other laws that fall under this heading. Laws regarding the possession, carrying and use of weapons vary from state to state and even from municipality to municipality. Illinois law is very specific as to what constitutes the unlawful use of a weapon and even what is meant by "weapon." Unlawful use is a felony in this state and therefore can result is serious criminal charges and harsh penalties if convicted. The best way to protect yourself from being swept away by extreme criminal prosecution is to contact a Chicago violent crime defense attorney whose experience and knowledge of all of the weapons statutes and laws can be employed in your defense. The know-how and success record of your attorney can make all the difference.

Defending Unlawful Use of a Weapon Charges

The charge of "unlawful use of a weapon" can be leveled at a person in many different circumstances. Sometimes it is even used when someone from out of our state of Illinois is simply transporting a weapon through the Chicago area. While they may not be violating any of their own state laws regarding the transportation or use of weapons, they soon find themselves arrested in violation of local ordinances and laws regarding the situation. Unfortunately, ignorance of the law is not a defense and the hapless traveler finds themselves facing serious charges. Some of the other ways a person can find themselves charged with unlawful use are:

  • Using a weapon to commit bodily harm or to damage property
  • Using or possessing any firearm or ammunition without a Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) or an expired FOID
  • Using or possessing a rifle less than 16" in length or a shotgun less than 18"
  • Being a minor under the age of 18 and using or possessing a handgun
  • Using, carrying or possessing a firearm in a vehicle or concealed on one's person
  • Using or possessing any ammunition or firearm on school premises (some exemptions apply for authorized school training classes and certain other activities)
  • Using, carrying or possessing any firearm in a bar or other place licensed to sell beer or liquor (with the exception of the proprietor or other authorized employee)

Being charged with carrying a concealed weapon (not limited only to firearms), possession without an FOID, unlawful discharge, possessing an illegal weapon or any other related charges for unlawful use of a weapon is a grave matter and requires tough, aggressive legal help to defend. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege are just such a team. You need a lawyer that will work diligently and relentlessly to find every chance, every letter of the law that will work in your favor. Call now. It can make all the difference to your future.

Contact a Chicago weapon offense attorney from the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege today if you have been arrested for unlawful use of a weapon in the Chicago, Cicero, Berwyn or Evanston areas.

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