For Weapons and Gun Offenses You Will Need an EXPERIENCED CHICAGO CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY
During my career, I have represented people from all walks of life for gun offenses and weapons charges. I have represented off-duty security guards, housewives on shopping trips, convicted felons, hunters, out of state visitors who are legally allowed to carry firearms in their own states, antique gun collectors, military servicemen, fans of shooting and firearms, and competitive sharpshooters. The one thing they have all had in common is that they found themselves in a position of having to explain their possession of firearms to the police.
If you have been arrested or charged with being in possession of a firearm or ammunition without a license, carrying a concealed weapon without a conceal and carry permit, or charged with a firearm-related offense in Illinois, you will quickly realize you are facing serious punishments and penalties. Prison sentences, high fines and the loss of your gun rights to name a few. Illinois has some of the strictest firearms laws in the country. This is because of the national recognition that Chicago receives related to gun violence and its proximity to Indiana where it is extremely easy to obtain a firearm and bring it back over state lines.
Chicago Gun Laws
Attorney Purav Bhatt has been representing and obtaining acquittals, dismissals, and reductions in punishment for his clients for over a decade. As a criminal defense attorney handling firearms and gun charges in Chicago and federal court, Purav has experience few other criminal defense attorneys around the country have. Based on his years of experience, Attorney Purav Bhatt has developed a detailed and thorough knowledge of Illinois firearm laws. What that means for clients is positive results. If you have been charged with weapons-related offenses including:
- Unlawful Use of Weapons (UUW) – 720 ILCS 5/24-1.1
- The Possession of firearms, handguns or ammunition – 720 ILCS 5/24-1
- Carrying of concealed weapons – 720 ILCS 5/24-1
- Unlicensed firearms possession – 720 ILCS 5/24-1.6
- Unlawful Possession of Ammunition – 720 ILCS 5/24-3.1
- Possession of a Weapon by a Felon – 720 ILCS 5/24-1.1
- Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon – 720 ILCS 5/24-1.6
- Unlawful sale or transfer of weapons – 720 ILCS 5/24-3
- Unlawful discharge of a firearm – 720 ILCS 5/24-1.2
- The Possession, manufacturing or sale of explosives – 720 ILCS 5/20-2
As I mentioned above, Illinois has some of the harshest firearms punishments and penalties in the country. To protect your freedom, constitutional rights, and liberty having knowledgeable and thorough representation is essential. Illinois law is complicated and navigating the maze of Illinois gun laws is not easy. For example, there are specific requirements as to how a firearm can be transported, even if you are a legally allowed to possess the firearm. Additionally, Illinois law does not distinguish between the possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition. The penalties are the same. Having the proper representation means the difference between being at the mercy of prosecutors and the courts and walking out the criminal justice system with your constitutional rights intact.