Guns/Weapon Offences Lawyers Chicago Illinois
The criminal laws in Illinois contain many different crimes that relate to guns, weapons and ammunition. The criminal penalties for these crimes vary greatly, depending on the weapon, the ammunition, whether the weapon was concealed, whether the weapon was loaded, whether the defendant had a valid Firearms Owners Identification Card (FOID), whether the weapon was located in a city such as Chicago that prohibits the registration of certain guns, and the defendant’s criminal history as well as felony status. The penalties associated with gun charges also vary greatly and some include significant penitentiary sentences (link to Sentencing) as well as loss of the privilege to possess a weapon in the future.
Like many drug cases and cannabis cases, gun charges often involve a weapon that was found after a pat down or frisk search of the defendant, a search of a car or a search of a home. It is vital for the criminal defense attorney to determine whether probable cause existed for this search or whether the search was improper and subject to a Motion to Quash. When a Motion to Quash is successful, a case which otherwise would have resulted in a certain conviction can often be won.
Whether you have been charged with the unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of firearms / ammunition, reckless discharge or any other weapon related charge, aggravated or non-aggravated, the experienced criminal defense attorneys of Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC are prepared to offer you aggressive representation in court.
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A great many Illinois laws relate to illegal possession or usage of weapons. One such example is section 720 ILCS 5/24-1.5, which describes the reckless discharge of a firearm:
(a) A person commits reckless discharge of a firearm by discharging a firearm in a reckless manner which endangers the bodily safety of an individual.
(b) If the conduct described in subsection (a) is committed by a passenger of a moving motor vehicle with the knowledge and consent of the driver of the motor vehicle the driver is accountable for such conduct.
(c) Reckless discharge of a firearm is a Class 4 felony.
(d) This Section does not apply to a peace officer while in the performance of his or her official duties.