April 25, 2021

Penalties for First-Time Gun Charges

When you’re facing a criminal case for the first time, the fears of an uncertain future can be crippling. If you’re not prepared for your case, it can be tough to avoid the severe penalties even first-time gun charges will come with.

The good news is, you don’t have to address your case alone. Your criminal defense lawyer can help you understand the penalties you may face, build a robust defense, and represent you in court to get your charges reduced or dismissed.

Jail Time

Even if you have no prior convictions on your criminal record, you can still face harsh penalties for a gun charge. For example, those facing first-time weapons charges may be charged with a Class A misdemeanor and land you up to one year in jail.

Jail may not be as severe a penalty as prison, but it can still impact your life for years to come. You’ll lose your freedom to see your family when you want, you may lose your job, and you may struggle to pay back any of the fines you may be facing after a conviction.

Financial Penalties

Facing prison time is scary, but the financial burden of a criminal conviction can be heavy, too. You may have thousands of dollars in fines waiting for you.

For example, you may have been charged with a Class A misdemeanor. While a misdemeanor may not sound so serious, you may be facing fines of up to $2,500. That puts you in serious debt and can impact your quality of life.

Your Criminal Record

But the penalties don’t end just because you completed your jail or prison sentence. The consequences may never end now that you have a criminal record.

Your criminal record is visible to those performing a background check, which means your record can impact you in severe ways. For example, maybe you’re looking for housing after your release. Your potential landlord performs a background check, sees you have a criminal record, and denies your application.

Your record can impact your job search in the same manner. Even bank loans and court cases can be impacted by your criminal record.

Need Help? Connect with a Criminal Defense Lawyer

When you’re accused of breaking the law for the first time, it can be scary and confusing. You may be worried about your finances, your record, and your future as a whole. Because of this, it’s unwise to face charges alone, especially when a deadly weapon is involved.

At Chicago Trusted Attorneys™, we understand how frightening your situation is and we’re ready to help you overcome the penalties you may face. When you’re ready to work with a lawyer to get your charges reduced or dismissed, reach out. We can be reached by calling 312-519-3171 or by filling out the following online contact form.