Most people don't even know how strict Illinois' gun control laws are. As a result, many lawful citizens who have never had any prior contact with the criminal justice system are charged with a felony gun possession for doing something they didn't even know was wrong: transporting a gun in their car for personal protection.
Many of the people lawyers at John W. Callahan, Ltd., represent on weapons charges are ordinary citizens who are carrying a gun improperly in their car. Most don't even know it is illegal or how serious the charges are.
Gun Control Laws in Illinois
Illinois has strict gun control laws. If you do not have a FOID (Firearm Owners Identification) card, you cannot carry a weapon in your car. If you have a FOID card, you can transport a gun anywhere in your vehicle as long as the gun is enclosed in a case or other container and it is unloaded. However, carrying an uncased gun under the car seat or in the glove compartment is unlawful use of a weapon (UUW). In certain circumstances, UUW is a class 4 felony, punishable by one to three years in prison.
You may be pulled over for a traffic ticket and end up being charged with a felony because a gun was carried improperly in your car. As a convicted felon, you would be unable to own a gun legally for the rest of your life — all for doing something that you did not even know was wrong. Nonresidents can also be charged under Illinois' gun control laws.
To preserve your freedom and your future, you need a weapons charge defense lawyer who is willing to fight for you. Weapons charge defense lawyers at John W. Callahan, Ltd., have obtained dismissals and not-guilty verdicts in dozens of felony cases, including many weapons cases.
Our weapons charge defense lawyers are very familiar with constitutional defenses. We will analyze the police reports to find out if the search and seizure was lawful. Through cross-examination of arresting officers, we can attack their credibility and break down the case against you.
Talk to Us About Your Weapons Charge Defense
Don't be pressured into pleading guilty to a weapons charge. Contact a Chicago weapons charge defense lawyer at the law offices of John W. Callahan, Ltd., today. We offer a free case evaluation.