A Weapon Can Increase Potential Criminal Penalties

Knives, nunchucks, baseball bats ... A host of objects may be considered weapons under the right circumstances. However, the majority of weapons offenses involve firearms.

At Watson Law in Illinois, our Peoria weapons offenses attorney represents individuals who have been charged with a wide variety of gun-related crimes. These range from owning a gun without a firearm owner's identification card (FOID card) to using a weapon in the commission of another crime.

Did You Unknowingly Commit A Crime?

Sometimes people commit weapons offenses without even realizing it. For instance, you may have a friend whose house keeps getting burglarized, so you give him a gun to protect himself and his family. This may seem like an innocent and even noble action, but if the gun happens to be a semi-automatic with an obliterated serial number, and your friend has a prior criminal record, you may be facing very serious charges.

Likewise, many people do not realize that carrying a gun in the car is illegal — even if they have a valid permit — if the gun is loaded or not in a carrying case. If you are pulled over and the police find the weapon, you will be in danger of a Class 4 felony offense.

Common Firearms Offenses In Illinois

Here are a few types of weapons offenses that our law firm handles throughout the state:

  • Possessing a gun without a FOID card
  • Illegally possessing a firearm
  • Giving a gun to a convicted felon/felon in possession
  • Unlawfully using a weapon
  • Aggravated or reckless discharge of a firearm
  • Unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon
  • Committing a crime while in possession of a weapon
  • Illegally transporting guns across state lines
  • Illegally importing or distributing weapons
  • Federal charges involving firearms

Contact Our Attorney For A Free Consultation

When you need skilled counsel and aggressive representation in any criminal defense matter, turn to Watson Law. Contact our lawyer online or by calling 309-733-4395 or toll free at 888-357-4339 to schedule a free initial consultation. With offices in Peoria and Washington, we offer flexible scheduling and reasonable fees to meet the needs of our clients. We also accept all major credit cards.