Are you facing weapons charges? Will County criminal defense attorney Ryan N. Hejmanowski can help you!
Weapons charges include Unlawful Use of a Weapon (UUW), unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, unlawful or reckless discharge of a firearm, gunrunning, unlawful sale of a firearm, Firearm Owner’s identification Card (FOID) violations, and Concealed Carry violations. Depending on the offense, the charges can be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Other factors can cause the charges to be increased to an aggravated crime.
What are the penalties for being charged with a weapons crime?
It really depends on the specific charges. However, weapons convictions can carry harsh sentences and penalties. Those sentences are usually more severe if defendants have a criminal record or the weapons charge is coupled with another criminal charge, such as a robbery. When a weapon is used in the commission of another crime it can become an aggravating factor.
Remember, many weapons charges carry mandatory prison sentences. Also, those convicted face permanent marks on their record, along with steep fines, and community service. Because of these factors, it is critical to seek an experienced criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights.
But I have a Concealed Carry license. How can I get charged?
Having a concealed carry license means you can carry a concealed firearm in specific places. However, it also means that there are a lot of places you can’t carry. You, as the concealed carry license holder, must do so in full compliance with all the laws. Any failure to follow the rules can carry a criminal penalty.
Most violations of the concealed carry law are considered misdemeanors. However, repeated infractions can elevate what otherwise would be misdemeanor charges to felonies. This means that you run the risk of losing your concealed carry license if you fail to comply with the law.
Defending Against Weapons Charges
Hiring a Will County criminal defense lawyer to defend you is the only way to ensure your rights are protected throughout the entire process. There are many factors that can affect the outcome of a weapons case. Having an experienced lawyer representing you is important. From attacking procedural errors made by the police to presenting evidence at trial and attacking the State’s version of the case, I will zealously defend you at every stage.
If you have been charged with a firearms or other weapons offense, don’t wait, and don’t talk to the police or prosecutors. Contact me today and learn how I will fight for you.