We Protect The Rights Of Those Accused Of Weapons Offenses

You have the constitutional right to bear arms, including owning a gun. However, this right is not without restrictions. In Illinois, and particularly in Chicago, possessing, carrying and discharging firearms are highly regulated. The penalties for violating these laws are steep.

At Erickson & Oppenheimer, LTD, we defend clients in Chicago and throughout northern Illinois against everything from misdemeanor to felony-level guns and weapons charges.

When you hire us, we have one job: to secure a not-guilty verdict. We will do everything in our power to make that a reality. We always fight to win, and we will fight for you.

Unlawful Use Of A Weapon

Unlawful use of weapons (UUW) charges can arise from a variety of situations, including:

  • Carrying a firearm anywhere other than your home or place of business without a valid Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card
  • Carrying a loaded firearm on your person or in your vehicle
  • Illegally discharging your firearm
  • Unlawfully selling a firearm
  • Possessing a switchblade, black-jack, brass knuckles, dagger, razor, stiletto, broken bottle or Taser

Illinois gun laws are complex. Depending on the circumstances, you may be charged with anything from a misdemeanor to a Class X felony — punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Prosecutors often add weapons charges onto other criminal charges, such as assault, theft or murder charges to enhance the charges and seek increased penalties.

Were You Charged With A Weapons Charge After A Traffic Stop?

Were you charged with a gun or weapons charge after being pulled over on a traffic stop or being searched by the police? Our lawyers will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your criminal charges. If your Fourth Amendment rights were violated, we will fight to have your gun charge thrown out.

Hire Attorneys Who Know How To Break The Prosecutor's Case

We know how prosecutors build their cases, and we know how to break them apart. Our lawyers will investigate the circumstances surrounding your weapons charge and build a strong, effective defense that protects your rights. Call us today at 877-505-1924 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.