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Assault weapons charges in Illinois can result in severe penalties upon conviction. Assault weapons are defined differently than other weapons by the state of Illinois, and a guilty conviction of a weapons charge could result in mandatory prison sentences. Penalties for weapons charges will be particularly severe if the charges are coupled with other types of criminal activity, such as burglary, home invasion, carjacking, etc. At Okabe & Haushalter, we are standing by to help if you need a Chicago assault weapon defense attorney by your side. Our team will conduct a full investigation into the charges against you, handle all communication with prosecutors and law enforcement, and fully represent you in court.
When we turn to the law in Illinois, we can see that an “assault weapon” is defined as:
Most people are familiar with assault rifles in one form or another. One of the most commonly referred to assault rifles in the United States, and certainly the most popular amongst gun enthusiasts, is the AR-15. This weapon is one that has been used in various tragic mass shootings across the country over the last few decades.
The state of Illinois does not restrict the sale or possession of assault weapons, and they do not restrict the number of rounds that can be held in a magazine. However, Chicago has banned possession of certain assault rifles, as well as laser sights that could be used on these rifles.
Regardless of whether or not an assault weapon is banned, there are still various laws that must be abided by in these situations. It is certainly illegal to use an assault weapon in the commission of a crime, and doing so could result in enhanced penalties that lead to significant prison sentences. Some of the most common weapons charges that our attorneys help clients with include the following:
If you or somebody you care about is facing assault weapons charges in or around the Chicago area, reach out to the team at Okabe & Haushalter for help today. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling complex criminal defense cases, and we understand what it takes to stand up to aggressive prosecutors and ensure you are treated fairly. Our Chicago assault weapon defense attorney will investigate every aspect of your case in order to determine the best path forward. You can contact us today by clicking here or calling 312-767-3869 for a free consultation.