Gun Possession Charge
There are several types of gun possession charges in Illinois. Each gun possession charge has different factors that influence the case. Additionally, each charge also has its own punishments. First, in order to legally own a firearm or any ammunition in Illinois, you must have a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card. This is a type of ID issued by the state police that allows citizens legal possession of a firearm and bullets. If the state charges you with unlawful possession of ammunition, it’s a Class A misdemeanor, which could result in fines and jail time. Unlawfully owning a gun is a Class 4 felony. As a result, you could end up with a lengthy prison term and lose your future firearm rights. Additionally, each illegal firearm will net you an additional gun possession charge.
There are a multitude of other types of gun possession charges. For example, possession of a firearm such as a fully-automatic weapon can land you more serious charges and lengthier jail sentences.
If the state is accusing you of illegal possession of a firearm, you need to hire a firearms lawyer. This is a type of criminal defense attorney that specializes in firearm law. However, it’s an extremely technical area of legal study. Therefore, you want to make sure that your firearms lawyer has the experience and knowledge base to form a solid defense for your case. If you don’t, you may end up in jail for possession of a firearm.
Additionally, a weapons lawyer needs to understand the community it serves. In other words, you want to hire a lawyer that comes from the same place you do. That way, they’ll understand various specific factors surrounding your case. As a result, a local weapons lawyer may be able to craft a better defense for your case. At Villalobos and Associates, we believe that possession of a firearm is a constitutional right for all Americans. As a result, we’ll fight tirelessly to help you win your case. Don’t wait to call a lawyer – time isn’t on your side. Give us a call to schedule your consultation today.