Charges involving the unlawful use of a weapon carry serious criminal consequences. It is scary how easy it can be to unexpectedly face gun charges in Chicago and elsewhere across Illinois. Simply possessing a firearm in public can be enough for the state to sentence you to a year in jail.
People often find themselves facing gun charges without even realizing they broke the law. The term “in public” includes in your automobile. Too often, the police stop a driver, find a weapon inside his or her vehicle and then charge the driver with unlawful use of a weapon (UUW).
On July 9, 2013, the Firearm Concealed Carry Act became law. With the passage of this law, it was deemed unconstitutional for people with valid Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) cards to be charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
At Godoy Law Office, we can help you appeal a gun conviction if you faced aggravated unlawful use of a weapon charges and you had a valid FOID card. Many of our clients were trying to follow the law, but made a mistake because they did not follow the law exactly as written, such as taking a weapon from the house to the car, which is a violation. Our team of criminal defense attorneys can protect your rights and help you work toward the results you are looking for.
If you are a doctor or other medical professional, the consequences of a gun charge conviction are potentially even more harsh. In addition to standard fines or jail time, you risk losing your license. We can help you appeal a gun charge and keep your livelihood safe.
Talk to our knowledgeable criminal defense team. To schedule an initial consultation, call us or reach out to us online. Our lawyers offer jail visits.