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 criminal defense 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 owners 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 of 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).
Free Consultation For Your Gun Possession Case
One mistake in your case could carry huge consequences and put your freedom at risk. You need an attorney you can trust to fight for your rights as if they were their own. You need Alex Fawell. He will work tirelessly to advocate for the best results in your circumstances.