Know Your Gun Rights In Illinois

While the Second Amendment grants U.S. citizens the right to bear arms, there are limitations to what this means. Each state has its own restrictions.

Illinois has one of the stricter interpretations. In fact, up until 2012, the state prohibited citizens from carrying guns outside the home. However, this law was struck down by a federal appellate court as a violation of the Second Amendment. In 2013, new laws were enacted, but they are still very restrictive.

If you have questions about these laws or you are facing a weapons charge, seek professional help from a knowledgeable attorney. A weapons offense can have severe, life-changing consequences. Fortunately, Fawell & Fawell in Wheaton will fight to protect your rights.

Are You Missing A FOID Card?

In Illinois, it is a Class A misdemeanor to possess a weapon without a firearm owner's identification card (FOID card). A FOID card is a prerequisite for obtaining a concealed weapon license. Illinois does not recognize concealed carry licenses from any other state. If you are facing charges, penalties can include a fine for up to $2,500, one year in jail or both. A second offense is considered a felony.

Are You Facing A Felony Weapons Charge?

A felony offense carries serious consequences. A second instance of possessing a weapon without a FOID card is a Class 4 felony. Felony charges for a weapons offense can range from a Class 4 felony (with fines up to $25,000, one to three years in jail or both) all the way up to a Class X felony (with six to 30 years in jail, fines up to $25,000 or both).

Get The Help You Need Today

Weapons offenses can be complicated. As your lawyer, Alex Fawell will examine your case carefully to see if any of your rights were violated, such as in an illegal search and seizure. If possible, he will work diligently to get your case dismissed. If that is not possible, he will make every effort to get the charges reduced or secure a finding of not guilty.

For a free initial consultation, call our office today at 630-480-6253 or send us an email. We are directly across from the DuPage County Courthouse and charge competitive rates.