Gun Charges in Chicago

Arrested for a Weapons Offense in Chicago?

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The Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms, but that right is not unlimited. In Illinois, state laws govern what sorts of weapons, including guns, can be carried, by whom, and where. Compared to many other states, Illinois has fairly restrictive gun laws.

Gun Permits and Licenses to Carry

In Illinois, you must have a license, known as a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card, in order to purchase a gun. Until 2012, state law prohibited carrying a gun (openly or concealed)outside of one’s home, but a federal appellate court decided that the law violated the Second Amendment and struck it down. (Moore v. Madigan, 702 F.3d 933 (7th Cir. 2012).) In 2013, Illinois enacted a new law permitting people to carry concealed weapons with a license. (430 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 66/1 et seq.)

Punishment

Depending on the circumstances, possession of a prohibited weapon may be anything from a Class A misdemeanor (punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500) to a Class X felony (punishable by six to 30 years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000). The crime is punished more severely if the weapon is possessed in a school (including a university), courthouse, public housing development, or park; or on a public bus or school bus.

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Law Offices of Joshua Adams

53 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 1651
Chicago, IL 60604
312-566-9173

Criminal Defense Chicago 60604

Arrested for a Criminal Offense in Chicago?

Attorney Joshua Adams is a Chicago criminal defense attorney with over 10 years of experience defending his clients’ constitutional rights, personal liberties, and freedoms. Mr. Adams represents clients facing state and federal criminal charges, as well as state and federal appellate litigation.

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Law Offices of Joshua Adams

53 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 1515
Chicago, IL 60604
312-566-9173

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Josh Adams has successfully defended individuals charged with state and federal crimes in the Illinois area. The firm handles the following matters:

Chicago Criminal Defense Attorneys

–> Chicago Property Crimes Attorney

–> Illinois Search & Seizure

–> Illinois Drug Offenses

–> Chicago Weapon Offenses

–> Federal Health Care Fraud

–> Federal Appeals

–> Federal Sentencing

Chicago Property Crime Attorneys

Arrested for a Property Crime in Chicago?

Contact Chicago Property Crime Attorney Josh Adams if you have been arrested for a burglary or property crime in Illinois.

Illinois lawmakers have enacted laws criminalizing burglary (entering a building intending to commit a crime inside), home invasion (entering an inhabited dwelling and causing injury or using or threatening force while armed), and trespass (entering a person’s property without permission). Some of these crimes carry very stiff penalties.

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Intent to commit a crime

In order to convict people of burglary, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they entered the building with the intent to commit a crime inside. In most cases, the defendant’s illicit intention can be inferred from the circumstances, and the prosecutor is not required to establish exactly what was going through the defendant’s head. For example, if two people break down the door of a home and take a television and laptop, the jury could infer that the people entered the home to commit a crime. Even if police stopped the people before they escaped with the stolen goods, they could still be convicted of burglary (and attempted theft). The crime of burglary occurs as soon as the defendant enters into the building or vehicle with the illicit intent, even if the intended felony or theft never occurs.

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53 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 1651
Chicago, IL 60604
312-566-9173

 

Drug Offenses in Chicago Illinois

Drug Lawyer of Chicago

Arrested for Drugs in Chicago? You need an experienced criminal defense lawyer that focuses on drug cases.  If you have been arrested for selling drugs or buying drugs, you need a lawyer that knows how to help you.  Getting arrested in Chicago Illinois for a drug offenses can be a very scary thing, get an experienced drug attorney like Josh Adams on your side.

Drug Attorneys Chicago

Josh Adams has successfully defended individuals charged with state and federal crimes in the Illinois area. Serious offenses, such as  drug-related charges fall well within the strengths and abilities of Josh as a criminal defense attorney.

Contact Chicago Drug Lawyer Joshua Adams if you have been charged with a drug related crime in the Chicago, Illinois area.

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Arrested for Drugs in Chicago? You need a top Drug Lawyer

Law Offices of Joshua Adams

53 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 1651
Chicago, IL 60604
312-566-9173

Criminal Attorneys in 60604

Criminal Attorneys in 60604 Chicago

Chicago Criminal Defense

Josh Adams has successfully defended individuals charged with state and federal crimes in the Illinois area. The firm handles the following matters:

–>  Financial Crimes

–>  Weapons Offenses

–>  Property Crimes

–>  Search & Seizure

–>  Drug Offenses

–>  Health Care Fraud

–>  Illinois Appeals

–>  Sentencing

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Law Offices of Joshua Adams

53 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 1651
Chicago, IL 60604
312-566-9173

Chicago Drug Offenses

Chicago Drug Lawyer

Arrested for Drugs in Chicago?

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Drug Attorney in Chicago

Josh Adams has successfully defended individuals charged with state and federal crimes in the Illinois area. Serious offenses, such as  drug-related charges fall well within the strengths and abilities of Josh as a criminal defense attorney.

Contact Chicago Drug Lawyer Joshua Adams if you have been charged with a drug related crime in the Chicago, Illinois area.

Drug Crimes: Charges and Terminology

In both the federal and state criminal justice systems, most of the cases stem from charges of possession, manufacturing, or trafficking of controlled substances. Below you’ll find a brief overview of these offenses, as well as an explanation of some key terms related to drug crimes.

Controlled Substance

When a federal or state government classifies a certain substance as “controlled,” it generally means that the use and distribution of the substance is governed by law. Controlled substances are often classified at different levels or “schedules” under federal and state statutes. For example, under the federal Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is listed as a “Schedule I controlled substance,” cocaine is listed under Schedule II, anabolic steroids under Schedule III, and so on. The list includes a number of medications that are fairly common — you’ll find cough medicine containing low levels of codeine classified under Schedule V.

Distribution and Trafficking

As a drug charge, “distribution” usually means that a person is accused of selling, delivering, or providing controlled substances illegally. This charge is often used if someone tries to sell drugs to an undercover officer. Trafficking generally refers to the illegal sale and/or distribution of a controlled substance. Despite the name, trafficking has less to do with whether the drugs cross state lines, and more to do with the amount of drugs involved.

The consequences of a conviction for distribution and trafficking vary significantly depending on:

  • the type and amount of the controlled substances(s) involved

  • the location where the defendant was apprehended (for example, bringing an illegal substance into the country carries higher penalties, as does distributing drugs near a school or college), and

  • the defendant’s criminal history.

Sentences for distribution and trafficking generally range from 3 years and a significant fine to life in prison — with trafficking carrying higher sentences.

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53 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 1651
Chicago, IL 60604
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Chicago Gun Offenses

Chicago Weapons Attorney

Arrested for a Gun Offense in Chicago?

Josh Adams has successfully defended individuals charged with state and federal crimes in the Illinois area. Serious offenses, such as weapons offenses need a serious and experienced Chicago criminal lawyer, like Josh Adams.  Contact the Chicago law firm today for help with your gun and weapons offense.

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Contact a Chicago Gun Criminal Lawyer

Law Offices of Joshua Adams

53 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 1651
Chicago, IL 60604
312-566-9173

SEARCH & SEIZURE

If law enforcement conducts a search of your home or car without proper authorization, your rights have been violated.  In my practice, I’ve successfully defended numerous clients who have been charged with a crime based on illegally obtained evidence and have had success in suppressing this evidence.

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Chicago Criminal Defense Attorneys

Welcome to the launch of the Law Offices of Josh Adams website and blog.

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As a practicing Chicago attorney for well over a decade now, I’ve gained a wealth of practical experience that will benefit you.

I’ve successfully defended individuals charged with state and federal crimes. Serious offenses, such as financial crimes, robbery and drug-related charges fall well within my strengths and abilities as a criminal defense attorney. In addition, I’ve had notable success in the filing of motions to suppress in criminal cases.

Using the skills that I’ve acquired through my years of practice, I want you to know something… I’m fully committed to protecting your rights and your future.

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Law Offices of Joshua Adams

53 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 1651
Chicago, IL 60604
312-566-9173