Weapons Charges in Chicago
Criminal Lawyer Chicago Illinois Explains Gun and Weapon Laws
Illinois gun and weapon laws are very strict. Violating of any portion of the law can place you under immediate scrutiny and could potentially lead to an arrest and criminal conviction. The state does not recognize or allow concealed carries, nor does it recognize licenses issued for legal concealed carries from other states. The state also requires that any weapon be enclosed inside a carrying case completely unloaded with the safety on whenever it is being transported. In order to obtain legal possession of a firearm in Illinois, you must obtain a firearm owner’s identification (FOID) card. This card is issued by the police department and must be obtained prior to purchasing a weapon.
As recently as December 2012, gun laws that were previously in place were struck down by the United States Federal Appeals Court for being unconstitutional. These legislative changes are important to note because they can affect your charges and potential defenses. When laws change quickly, even law-abiding citizens can unwittingly become criminals. Haytham Faraj, our firm’s competent Chicago criminal defense lawyer, can help you fully understand whether any laws have changed, and whether these changes jeopardize your status as a gun or weapon owner.
Consult with The Law Offices of Haytham Faraj, PLLC right away if you have been arrested for allegedly committing any of the following offenses:
- Lack of registration
- Purchasing or possessing a banned weapon
- Owning or possessing an assault weapon
- Carrying a weapon in public
- Illegally selling or transporting a weapon
- Owning an illegal magazine capacity weapon
- Owning without a valid FOID card
Representation from a Criminal Lawyer Chicago
Illinois is unique in that many different counties and jurisdictions within the state can have different laws pertaining to gun control and weapons. Chicago law makers are constantly revising legislation pertaining to gun ownership, so if you have been arrested, you need to work with our attorney from The Law Offices of Haytham Faraj, PLLC.
Attorney Faraj is a former Marine and actively works to protect Illinois residents’ Second Amendment rights. Even if you were arrested for a crime such as assault with a deadly weapon or you are facing serious weapons charges, your lawyer may be able to secure a favorable case result on your behalf.