Weapons Violation Can Drastically Affect Your Future

Many weapons offenses that were misdemeanors in Illinois a few years ago are now felonies. Some of these offenses have mandatory minimum prison sentences, and prosecutors routinely seek more than the minimum. The reason: The state attorney's office in Cook County, Illinois, is a political office, and the legislature, doubly so.

I am Barry M. Lewis, a criminal defense lawyer in Chicago. At no time in our state's history has it been more important to seek competent legal advice if you have been accused of a gun or other weapons crime. Even if you think you are innocent of the charges, contact me for a free initial telephone consultation.

Many law-abiding citizens get caught up on gun charges simply because they don't have the proper permit or they haven't handled the paperwork properly. As your lawyer, I will do everything I can to protect you from excessive penalties. I defend people charged with all types of gun crimes, including:

  • Carrying a gun in a car or on your person
  • Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit
  • Possession of a weapon by a felon
  • Possession of a weapon following a domestic violence conviction
  • Possession of a weapon by a person subject to a protective order
  • Unlawful use of a weapon

Cook County prosecutors routinely overcharge weapons offenses. For example, you could be charged with unlawful use of a weapon whether you actually used the weapon or not.

There are defenses to gun crimes. For example, placing a weapon in the closed center console could be a defense, even though the gun is concealed and you don't have a permit.

Contact Illinois Weapons Violation Attorney Barry M. Lewis

Call me 24/7 at 312-574-3357 or fill out our simple contact form to schedule a telephone consultation. I offer flat-fee weapons crime defense.