Everyone has seen the media coverage about school shootings and other violent gun crimes. As a result, Illinois prosecutors take charges involving unlawful use or possession of firearms very seriously. Most of these crimes are charged as felonies and are rarely reduced to misdemeanors. In some instances, defendant may face felony charges for simply having bullets.
Many weapons cases arise from illegal searches. Therefore, if you are charged with the unlawful use or possession of a weapon, it is critical that you immediately contact an attorney. I can examine the facts of your case to determine whether the search was valid or maybe there is a question about the officer’s probable cause to investigate you. In some cases, I have brought a motion to quash the search, which resulted in the entire case being thrown out.
If you were convicted under a gun law that was later held unconstitutional, you must petition the court to set aside that conviction or it can still be used against you. See our related blog at If a Gun Law is Unconstitutional, Can my Conviction Under that Law be Set Aside?”.
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