Firearm / Weapon Offenses include:

  • Unlawful use of a weapon (including Domestic Violence)
  • Armed Robbery
  • Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
  • Aggravated discharge of a firearm
  • Possession of weapons by felons
  • Concealing a loaded gun in a car or vehicle
  • Unlawful discharge of a firearm
  • Unlawful sale of a firearm

 

Potential Punishments

  • Face jail or prison time
  • Face probation and/or community control
  • Face fines
  • Mandatory forfeiture of the firearm or weapon
  • Be required to pay restitution
  • Be subject to random drug testing
  • Be required to perform community service
  • Have your employment or military service status negatively affected
  • Have a permanent criminal record

 

What is the Illinois Unlawful Use of Weapons Law (UUW)?

There are specific exemptions from the UUW, but outside of those exceptions, a person commits a Class 4 Felony if they violate the UUW law in the Criminal Code by unlawfully carrying on their person or illegally transporting a firearm in a vehicle AND one or more of the following factors:

  • The firearm possessed was uncased, loaded, and immediately accessible at the time of the offense;
  • The firearm possessed was uncased, unloaded, and the ammunition for the weapon was immediately accessible at the time of the offense;
  • Does not have a valid FOID card;
  • Was previously adjudicated of a felony as a juvenile;
  • Was engaged in a misdemeanor violation of the Cannabis Control Act or the Controlled Substances Act;
  • Is a member of a street gang;
  • Has had an order of protection against them in the last two years;
  • Was engaged in the commission or attempted commission of a misdemeanor involving the use of violence against another person or the property of another; or
  • Is under 21 years of age and in possession of a handgun, unless the person is engaged in hunting activities under the Wildlife Code.

 

It is important to act quickly!

Hiring an experienced criminal gun lawyer immediately to negotiate on your behalf gives you the best chance of avoiding further criminal charges.