Weapon Crime Attorney in Chicago
Are You Facing Felony Weapon Charges?
Our state has some of the toughest gun restriction laws in the country. The Unlawful Use of Weapons Act (UUWA) lists dozens of potential weapons, beyond just firearms, that could lead to a weapons crime arrest. Fast action is necessary to seize the small window of opportunity that exists between the time you are arrested and the time the prosecutor charges you.
I am Attorney Mitch Furman, a veteran of the Illinois criminal justice system, and I am ready to help you fight back. The law in this state concerning weapons, and particularly firearms, is extremely strict. Chicago had over 500 murders in 2012 and the crime rate is escalating. Law enforcement is heavily involved in identifying any person who illegally possesses a gun. If you have been arrested and charged, you are in serious danger in this city.
Gun & Unlawful Use of Weapons
What Disqualifies You From Getting a FOID Card?
You are automatically disqualified from getting a FOID card if the following applies to you:
- Any kind of forcible felony conviction within 20 years of the FOID card application,
- Certain types of felony drug convictions,
- Any conviction within the last 5 years for battery or assault with a firearm,
- A juvenile offense that's a forcible felony equivalent, or
- Any misdemeanor (if you're under 21).
There are many other reasons you may not be able to get a FOID card. People who have a drug addiction can't get a card. Neither can people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Defense Lawyer for Weapon Charges
It is illegal to carry a gun in Chicago, or to transport a firearm unless it is broken down and unusable or in a locked case. The UUWA has an extensive list of weapons and firearms that are illegal. Weapons charges are filed as felonies and a felony conviction will stay with you forever. A felony conviction could prohibit you from owning any kind of firearm in the United States.
Illegal weapons include:
- Throwing stars
- Brass knuckles
- Broken bottles and pieces of glass
In cases of a weapons charge associated with robbery, domestic violence or aggravated assault, if convicted, you could spend 30 years incarcerated in a state penitentiary. This is territory that only a seasoned, aggressive criminal defense attorney can successfully navigate. I will give you the attention you need to fight a weapons charge, and work behind the scenes negotiating with the prosecutor, if this will gain you any advantage. My record speaks for itself.
Do you need a criminal defense attorney in Chicago? Contact us today so that I can start on your defense at once!