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Weapons charges in Illinois are serious offenses, and it is extremely important to have an experienced Schaumburg criminal defense attorney on your side. Indeed, many weapons offenses in our state are felony charges, particularly those involving possession of a firearm. Given the severity of gun violence around the Chicago area, Illinois laws concerning the unlawful use of weapons carry significant penalties. In our state, even a Class A misdemeanor conviction of unlawful use of weapons can result in jail time of nearly one year and a fine of up to $2,500. For felony convictions, the penalties are much more severe.
Types of Weapons Charges in Illinois
Under Illinois law (720 ILCS 5/24-1), weapons charges arise from the unlawful use of weapons. Depending upon the type of weapon in a person’s possession and the way in which the carrier uses (or intends to use) the weapon, charges can range from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class X felony. Some of the more common weapons charges in Illinois include but are not limited to:
- Possession of a knuckle weapon, such as a black-jack, slung-shot, sand-club, or metal knuckles;
- Possession of a switch-blade knife;
- Possession of a concealed firearm without a permit;
- Possession of assault weapon;
- Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon;
- Possession of a firearm (or other serious weapon) in a store that sells alcohol;
- Manufacturing a machine gun, a sawed-off shotgun, and/or a bomb or bomb-making substance;
- Selling a machine gun, a sawed-off shotgun, and/or a bomb or bomb-making substance;
- Carrying, possessing, manufacturing, and/or selling other types of weapons; and
- Discharging of a firearm.
While the law does allow a person to own a firearm, it is typically illegal to carry that firearm in any place other than the person’s home or business. While such a crime might sound as if it is not particularly serious—especially if you legally own the weapon—it can result in a severe penalty. To be sure, you could be spending up to one year in jail if you are convicted of this Class A misdemeanor. Many of the other charges listed above have steeper penalties.
Penalties for Schaumburg Weapons Charges
The penalty guidelines for weapons charges in Illinois are complicated, and it is important to speak with a Schaumburg criminal defense lawyer to understand the consequences of a specific weapons charge conviction. In general, however, the following are the penalties for the unlawful use of weapons under Illinois law:
- Class A misdemeanor (up to one year in jail plus a fine);
- Class 4 felony (up to three years in prison plus a fine of up to $25,000);
- Class 3 felony (up to five years in prison plus a fine of up to $25,000);
- Class 2 felony (up to seven years in prison plus a fine of up to $25,000);
- Class 1 felony (up to 15 years in prison plus a fine of up to $25,000); and
- Class X felony (no probation with sentence up to 30 years in prison).
Contact a Schaumburg Weapons Charges Lawyer
If you are facing weapons charges in Schaumburg, you should seek advice from experienced counsel as soon as possible. An experienced weapons charges attorney in Schaumburg can assist you. Contact LaPapa Law Group so that we can begin discussing your case and preparing your defense.