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Developing a strong defense against gun charges

On Behalf of | Mar 12, 2024 | Weapons Offenses |

Owning a firearm is a right afforded by the second amendment, and many residents in Illinois choose to exercise this right. While this is established to be a right, it is a right that could be revoked if one is convicted of a serious crime. The misuse or mishandling of a firearm could have dire consequences. And facing allegation of a gun crime could impact the accused significantly.

It can be an overwhelming experience, as gun charges carry with them significant penalties. Fortunately, there are several defense options available to those facing this or other weapons charges.

Gun crimes

At W. Scott Hanken, Attorney at Law, our firm is familiar with both sides of the criminal process. With prior experience as a prosecutor, our legal team brings over 30 years of experience when looking at your criminal case. Our focus is to deliver the best defense for our clients, and this starts with an in-depth look at the matter and the evidence involved.

A gun related offense could include a vast array of matters. This could include discharging a firearm during the commission of an aggravated battery, posing a firearm during the commission of an aggravated battery, using a weapon in an unlawful manner, armed robbery, possessing a gun as a convicted felon or possessing a stolen weapon.

Asserting a defense

No matter the gun crime you are charged with, you have defense options. In order for a conviction to occur, the elements of the crime need to be proven. Thus, it is important to focus on the lack of evidence as well as ways to attack the evidence collected against you. A legal professional can help you gain a better understanding of your situation and the defense options available to you.

A lot is at stake when facing a gun or weapon charge. A lengthy prison sentence, hefty fines and very restrictive probation terms could result. Therefore, it is important that you inform yourself of defense options that could aid in reducing or dismissing some or all the charges against you.