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Illegal Possession of a Firearm

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Peoria Gun Crimes Attorney

In the State of Illinois, the illegal possession of a firearm or weapon can result in a serious penalty. If you or someone you know has been charged with a gun crime in Peoria or Central Illinois, contacting a criminal defense lawyer at the Ramos Law Office, P.C. can be one of the best decisions you could make. Attorney Jason Ramos, the law firm’s head criminal defense attorney in Peoria, IL, has a strong reputation for defending those individuals charged with the possession of a firearm.

Early in his career, Jason Ramos served as prosecuting attorney for the Peoria County State’s Attorney’s Office. A few years later he left his prosecuting attorney position to practice defending those accused of the same types of gun crimes he once prosecuted. Jason Ramos’ experience as both a prosecuting attorney and Peoria criminal defense lawyer has proved invaluable for clients in many circumstances. Over the years, he has become a well-known trial lawyer and effective negotiator with a precise understanding of how the prosecuting side works.

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Weapon and firearm offenses are high priority criminal cases for prosecuting attorneys in both Federal and Illinois State courts. The consequences of a gun crime are severe, especially if the firearm is tied to any other criminal offense. In addition, if a person charged of Illinois or Federal gun crime has a prior felony conviction on his or her record, the result could mean several years in prison.

Because gun crimes are very serious in Illinois, it is critical to hire a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible if convicted. Peoria attorney Jason Ramos understands firearm possession laws and prosecuting procedures that apply when individuals are charged with such weapon crimes. He is an aggressive attorney who has significant experience in criminal defense law in Peoria, IL.

Weapon and Firearm Possession Laws in Illinois

Educating yourself is one of the first and most important steps you should take when faced with a weapon or firearm possession charge. Depending on the type of firearm and the context in which it was used, the severity of the gun crime may vary. This means penalties in Illinois for illegal firearm and weapon possession present a wide scope of outcomes. Below we have listed the various gun crimes and their possible penalties.

  1. Possession of a Firearm (§24-1(a)(4)) – individuals are found guilty of firearm possession if they knowingly carry any type of pistol, revolver, taser or other related firearm. First time charges for possession of a firearm is a Class A Misdemeanor in Illinois. A second gun possession offense is considered a Class 3 Felony. It is also a Class 3 Felony to possess a firearm within 1000 feet of a school, courthouse, public park, or other related public facility. The following weapon crimes are categorized as Class A Misdemeanors in Illinois: i. Possession of a switchblade, brass knuckles, throwing star, black jack, bludgeon, or sand shot. (§24-1(a)(1)) ii. Possession with intent to use a, dagger, dangerous knife, razor stiletto, broken bottle or other piece of glass. (§24-1(a)(2)) iii. Possession of a tear gas gun projector or bomb or any other object containing noxious liquid gas or substance. (§24-1(a)(3)) iv. Selling, manufacturing, or purchasing an “explosive bullet.” (§24-1(a)(4))
  2. Possession of a Firearm in an Establishment that Sells Alcohol (§24-1(a)(8)) – individuals are guilty of this firearm possession crime if they knowingly possess any firearm in any location which is designated to sell and distribute alcoholic beverages. This type of gun crime in Illinois is classified as a Class 4 Felony.
  3. Possession of a Firearm while Hooded, Robed, or Masked (§24-1(a)(9)) – a person is guilty of this gun crime if he or she knowingly possesses any firearm while hooded, robed, or masked in such a manner as to conceal identity. This firearm possession crime in Illinois is classified as a Class 4 Felony.
  4. Possession of a Machine Gun (§24-1(a)(7)(i)) – individuals are guilty of this crime if they knowingly possess any type of machine gun. As a Class 2 Felony in the State of Illinois, penalty for possessing a machine gun mandates a sentence of between 3 and 7 years in jail. Additionally, if the machine gun is loaded, the gun crime becomes a Class X Felony.
  5. Possession of a Sawed-Off Shotgun (§24-1(a)(7)(ii)) – a person is guilty of this crime if he or she knowingly possesses (1) a shotgun having one or more barrels less than 18 inches, (2) any rifle having more barrels less than 16 inches in length, or (3) any other rifle or shotgun that has an overall length of less than 26 inches. Firearm possession crimes of this type are a Class 3 Felony in Illinois.
  6. Possession of a Bomb, Grenade, Molotov Cocktail, or other container containing an Explosive Substance (§24-1(a)(7)(iii)) – This weapons crime in Illinois is considered a Class 3 Felony. 7) Possession of a Silencer (§24-1(a)(6)) – a person is guilty of this gun crime if he or she knowingly possesses any device used or intended for the use of silencing any gun/firearm. Possession of a silencer in Illinois is a Class 3 Felony.

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