Official government reports show that in 2021 there were 1995 gun-related deaths in Illinois. These scary statistics have led to the strict application of gun laws in Illinois. Law enforcement agents will prosecute anyone suspected of using a gun or firearm illegally to the fullest extent of the law.
If you’re facing a gun charge in Chicago, Illinois, you could spend many years in jail if convicted. Defending yourself against gun crime charges in Illinois could be tricky because there are different kinds of gun crimes in the state. Thus, a gun and firearm crimes lawyer in Illinois who understands the elements of each type of gun crime and how to defend them is crucial.
The skilled attorneys at the Hirsch Law Group have extensive experience dealing with different gun crimes in Chicago, Illinois. We can defend you aggressively in court and fight for positive results in your case.
Below we discuss some common gun crimes in the state and their penalties to help you understand what you’re up against and specific ways our attorneys can help your case. Keep reading to learn more.
Some of the typical gun crimes in Illinois include the following:
The offense of unlawful use of weapons under Illinois law involves several acts and misuse of different kinds of weapons. But here, we focus on the provisions relevant to guns and firearms. To that extent, unlawful use of weapons (guns) is committed when a person does certain acts, including any of the following:
A UUW could be a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the nature of the crime, where it was committed, and the defendant’s criminal history. The typical punishment for this crime is imprisonment.
An aggravated UUW occurs when a person knowingly carries a pistol or revolver in their vehicle or on their person, or in public unless they are on their property or anywhere else they’ve been lawfully invited to and one of the following factors is present:
An aggravated UUW is a felony offense. The first aggravated UUW is a Class 4 felony, punishable by imprisonment for at least a year but not more than three years.
A second or subsequent aggravated UUW is a Class 2 felony, punishable by imprisonment for between 3 to 7 years unless the Unified Code of Corrections provides otherwise.
If the offender was wearing or had body armor in their possession without a valid Firearms Owner’s Identification Card when the offense was committed, it is a Class X felony. A Class X felony is punishable by imprisonment for up to thirty years.
A convicted felon in prison custody or released ex-felon does not have gun rights in Illinois. It is illegal for such people to carry a gun or keep one on their home or business premises.
When committed by an ex-felon, this offense is classified as a Class 3 felony. It is punishable by imprisonment for between two to ten years. A second or subsequent crime is a Class 2 felony. It is punishable by imprisonment for between three to 14 years. If the firearm possessed is a machine gun, the offense is categorized as a class X felony and is punished accordingly.
There are some statutory defenses available to those facing the above charge. They include the following:
This gun crime applies to anyone who receives, sells, possesses, or transfers any firearm and has at least two prior convictions for certain offenses, including the following:
An armed habitual criminal offense is a Class X felony and is punished accordingly.
Illinois gun laws prohibit the reckless or indiscriminate use of a gun or firearm. As such, it is a Class 4 felony for anyone other than a peace officer carrying out their duties to discharge a gun in a manner that endangers others. If the gun is fired by the passenger of a moving vehicle with the knowledge and consent of the driver, the driver would also be liable for the offense.
Aggravated discharge of a firearm is committed when a person intentionally discharges a firearm at a building that should ordinarily be occupied, a vehicle, or another individual.
The offense is a Class 1 felony, but it becomes a Class X felony if the gun is discharged in the following circumstances:
Gun crime convictions in Chicago, Illinois, carry severe penalties that could see you behind bars for a very long time. If you hope to avoid these penalties, you need to fight the charges against you regardless of whether they are first-time gun charges or subsequent ones.
This is where our law firm’s skilled gun crime attorneys come in. We understand that anyone dealing with gun crime charges is fighting for their freedom. Our goal is to help such people get off as lightly as possible – this could mean getting the charges dropped or reduced or getting a reduced sentence if found guilty, depending on the circumstances of the case.
Here are some specific ways we can help with your case:
With us, there are no bad cases, and every case is worth fighting for. Understandably you might be on the verge of giving up. But we urge you to refuse to go down easily. Let us help you put up a fierce fight that could lead to your freedom.
When you are facing an Illinois gun crime charge, it is understandable that you feel overwhelmed. You might even be on the verge of giving up. But we urge you not to throw in the towel. A good defense strategy could see your charges reduced or dropped altogether if there was any mistake during the investigation process and/or if you don’t have enough evidence against you.
At the Hirsch Law Group, we understand that every criminal case is unique and requires a unique approach. That’s why our legal team is here to help. We have extensive experience defending clients accused of gun crimes in Illinois and are always ready to fight for your rights.
If you have further questions about defending gun charges in Chicago, Illinois, or you need aggressive legal representation, do not hesitate to contact us as soon as possible.
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