Facing criminal charges is a serious matter, and a conviction could mean fines and potential jail time, as well as a criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life. When the crime you are accused of involves a gun or weapon, the stakes are even higher. Weapons charges often carry a minimum mandatory jail sentence, and even a minor crime becomes major when a gun or other weapon is involved. At Sabuco, Beck, Hansen & Massino, P.C., we understand the serious penalties and ramifications you face. Our experienced weapons offenses and gun crimes attorneys offer the kind of aggressive legal representation you need at a time like this, ensuring your rights and freedoms are protected while strategizing your best course of defense.
While your right to bear arms is protected by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, in the state of Illinois you could be charged with a weapon offense or gun crime for using a weapon during the commission of a crime, such as an assault or burglary, or simply as the result of possessing or carrying the weapon itself. Under the Illinois Criminal Code, a weapon could be a gun or another type of actual weapon, such as a knife, a Billy club, or a stun gun, or it could be something that is used, brandished, or displayed as a weapon, such as a baseball bat, a piece of glass, or a women’s high heel. At Sabuco, Beck, Hansen & Massino, P.C., we represent clients facing the following types of weapons offenses and gun crimes:
Penalties for weapons offenses and gun crimes vary based on the type of weapon, how it was used, where the crime took place, and the person’s prior criminal record. In many cases, a weapons offense may be charged as a felony, especially if the weapon was used or brandished during another crime as a means of threatening, intimidating, or harming a victim, or within close proximity to a church, school, or residential area. In general, Illinois is tough on weapons offenses and gun crimes, and under Section 16-1-20 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes, penalties can range from misdemeanor charges involving one to three years in jail to felony charges with a mandatory sentence up to 30 years. As a result, you need an attorney who is equally tough in terms of providing the aggressive defense you need to get your charges reduced or dismissed.
When you are facing potentially serious weapons offenses and gun crimes charges, contact Sabuco, Beck, Hansen & Massino, P.C. today. Our experienced Will County criminal defense attorneys can assist you in strategizing your best course of defense to avoid criminal charges, fines, and jail time. When it comes to your freedom and your future, do not take chances. Get the professional representation you need to ensure your rights and interests are protected, and contact our Will County office today.
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