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Unlawful Use of a Weapon

Illinois' unlawful use of a weapon (UUW) law holds that every weapons charge is automatically a felony and therefore carries severe penalties. The key to UUW is that the crime is the actual possession of the firearm, not the commission of a crime using the firearm.

Effective Champaign Weapons Offenses Lawyer

What has to happen to rise to the level of a UUW violation?

  • The firearm may be out of its case, loaded and immediately accessible.
  • The firearm may be out of its case, unloaded and with ammunition readily available.
  • The individual in possession of the firearm carries no valid firearms owner identification card (FOIC).
  • The individual has a previous felony conviction as a juvenile.
  • The individual is committing a misdemeanor violation of federal drug laws.
  • The individual is involved in gang-related activity.
  • The individual has had an order of protection issued against him or her within the past two years.
  • The individual was engaged in the commission of a misdemeanor involving violence.
  • The individual was under 21 and in unlawful possession of a handgun.

Defense for Violent Crimes Involving Firearms

More serious weapons offenses include aggravated discharge (shooting at someone), battery with a weapon (shooting and hitting someone) and a felon possessing a firearm.

If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony unlawful use of weapons, I urge you to contact me at 217-903-2452 or toll free at 888-371-0807. My office can help you with your UUW or FOIC defense.

Have you been arrested on suspicion of a weapons violation? Call a Champaign attorney experienced in cases involving unlawful use of a weapon: Harvey C. Welch at 217-903-2452.

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