Penalties for Unlawful Use of Weapon Charges

If you’ve been arrested for unlawful use of a weapon, you may need help avoiding the penalties and getting the charges dropped. But how serious is it? 

You may think at first that the penalties for unlawful use of weapon charges aren’t so serious, but think again. Your lawyer at Chicago Trusted Attorneys™ can talk with you about the penalties you could face and how you can defend your case

Jail or Prison Time

If you’re convicted of an unlawful use of weapon charge, you’re facing at least a Class A misdemeanor. While a misdemeanor doesn’t sound so serious, you could be facing up to a year in Illinois jail. But many unlawful use of weapon charges are more severe, which means you can easily be facing felony charges. 

Felony charges mean you’ll be facing prison time, not a few months in a Chicago jail. Depending on the severity of your charges, you may spend years in prison for these charges. 

Fines for a Conviction

Like your jail or prison time, the fines you’ll be charged depend on the charges against you. For example, if you’re found guilty of a Class A misdemeanor, your fines may total up to $2,500. If you’re found guilty of a felony, your fines may be up to $25,000

Long-Term Impacts of a Criminal Record 

You may be impacted by more than the initial penalties for a criminal conviction. A conviction goes on your Chicago criminal record, which may impact job opportunities, housing applications, and other rights. 

When you have a criminal record, any convictions will show up on a background check. While some crimes may be expunged, it can be difficult and time-consuming to do so. Instead, it’s better to defend your future against unlawful use of weapon charges. 

Contact a Lawyer to Dispute Your Unlawful Use of Weapon Charges 

When you’re charged with the unlawful use of a weapon, the penalties may be steeper than you realize. Because of this, you may need a lawyer from Chicago Trusted Attorneys™ on your side. Your lawyer can help you defend your future from penalties for unlawful use of weapon charges. Ready to seek help? Call 312-519-3171 or fill out the online contact form below to learn more about our services.