Chicago Gun Lawyer
Gun Charges in Illinois
Illinois has one of the harshest gun penalties in the country. This is especially true in Cook County, where in Chicago, the enforcement of Illinois gun charges is prosecuted to the maximum extent of the law. Penalties for possession of a weapon vary, and can range anywhere from Misdemeanor to a Class X Felony. Sentencing can include supervision, probation and even prison time, up to 30 years. If you are arrested for a gun case, contact experienced gun lawyer, Mitch Furman, immediately. (312) 236-7078
Owning a Gun In Chicago
If you are over the age of 21 and do not have any felony convictions you can apply for a Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) by filling out an application with Illinois State Police (ISP) and having them run a background check on you. If you pass, you will receive your FOID card, which will allow you to purchase and own a gun for personal protection in your home. When transporting, the gun must be in a case and the ammunition must be carried separately from the weapon. If you want to be able to carry the weapon, for personal protection, outside of your home, you must have a Conceal and Carry License, (CCL). In order to obtain a CCL, you must be over the age of 21, possess a valid FOID card, complete necessary training and have a clean background. Only If you have a CCL, you are allowed to have a loaded gun in your possession. Otherwise, you are in violation of Illinois Gun Laws.
Unlawful Use of Weapon - (UUW)
The less serious of the Illinois Gun Laws violations is Unlawful Use of Weapons, (UUW). This gun charge is usually a Class A Misdemeanor. It is probational, meaning a person is not required to serve jail time. However, under the law, judge can impose a jail sentence for up to a year, and a maximum fine of $2,500.00. If you have a UUW gun case, contact, Aggressive Chicago Defense Gun Lawyer, Mitch Furman.
Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon - (AGGUUW)
The more serious and most common gun charge in Chicago, is Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapons, (AGGUUW). In Chicago, many arrests for AGGUUW happen after a traffic stop. Where the gun is found and the driver does not have a CCL If you are arrested and charged with AGGUUW, then you are facing a Class 4 felony charge, punishable by jail time of 1 to 3 years and a maximum fine of $25,000.00. Under the current law, if you are found guilty of AGGUUW, the judge must give you a minimum jail sentence of 1 year. At Law Offices of Mitch Furman, we take gun cases seriously. Even If you are charged with AGGUU, we can take steps that can avoid jail time.
Unlawful Use of Weapon by Felon - (UUWF)
If you are arrested and charged with Unlawful Use of Weapon by Felon, (UUWF) or Unlawful Possession of Weapon by Felon, (UPWF), then you are either facing a Class 3 Felony or Class 2 Felony charge, depending on your background. For instance, if you have a non-violent Class 4 Felony in your background, then most likely you will be charged with Class 3 Felony, punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison. On the other hand, if you previously been convicted of a forcible felony, then you will most likely be charged with a Class 2 Felony, punishable by 3 to 14 years in the penitentiary. It is very important to contact, Chicago Premier Gun Defense Attorney, Mitch Furman, to discuss best strategy for your defense.
Armed Habitual Criminal
Illinois, Armed Habitual Criminal statute is a Class X Felony and imposes the harshest penalties possible. In order to be convicted under the Armed Habitual Statute, prosecution must prove that the accused, has been previously convicted of 2 or more forcible felonies, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated discharge of a firearm, vehicular hijacking, aggravated vehicular hijacking, aggravated battery of a child or any violation of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act or the Cannabis Control Act that is punishable as a Class 3 Felony or higher. If you are convicted under the Illinois Armed Habitual Criminal Statute, judge must impose prison time and has a discretion to sentence you anywhere from 6 to 30 years in prison. If you are arrested and charged with Armed Habitual Criminal case, contact Chicago experienced trial gun lawyer, Law Offices of Mitch Furman.