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Unlawful Possession of a Firearm – Understanding the Charges and Potential Consequences

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Joliet weapons charges lawyersAlthough the United States Constitution does protect the gun ownership rights of Americans, certain situations in the state of Illinois could lead to criminal charges – even in an otherwise legal scenario. For example, one cannot carry a weapon into specific buildings, even with a conceal and carry license. If you are caught doing so, you could be charged and subsequently convicted of a crime. Learn more about the types of situations that may lead to criminal charges related to unlawful possession of a firearm in Illinois, and discover how an experienced attorney can help you fight back against the potential consequences of a conviction.

Possession of a Firearm in Protected Locations

Individuals who possess a conceal and carry license are usually permitted to carry their weapons on them in public, but there are specific areas in which possession of a firearm is prohibited. Schools and other federal buildings, such as post offices and courthouses are some of the more obvious restricted locations, but establishments that sell alcohol are also restricted. If found to be in violation of this law, you could be looking at a Class 4 felony.

Possession of a Firearm While Hooded, Masked, or Robed

Being charged with the possession of a firearm while wearing a hood, mask, or robe might seem easy to avoid, but consider the weather for a moment. How often have you pulled the hood of your jacket over your head to avoid the rain or cold, firearm on your person, without ever even considering the consequences? Chances are a lot. Sadly, all it takes is one time of being seen by the authorities to find yourself up against a criminal charge.

Possession of a Firearm by a Felon

Felons (including those convicted in other states) are not permitted to possess, carry, or use a firearm in the state of Illinois. If found to be in violation of this law, one could be facing a felony charge. Thankfully, there are still ways to fight back – even if it looks like the evidence and your reputation are working against you.

Considering the Potential Consequences

While some unlawful possession charges are misdemeanors, which are punishable by up to one year in jail, many are felonies. If convicted of such a charge, you could be looking at a prison term of one year or longer. Furthermore, you would have a permanent scar on your criminal record, which would limit your job and housing opportunities. Do not let this happen to you. Instead, seek help from an experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer.

Contact Our Joliet Criminal Defense Lawyers

At Tedone & Morton, P.C., we take the outcome of your case seriously because we understand that it is your future on the line. Seasoned and experienced, our Joliet weapons charges defense lawyers can aggressively represent you in your case. Get the legal assistance you need and deserve. Call 815-666-1285 today.

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=072000050K24-1

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