Weapons charges and gun charges can affect everyone from convicted felons to people who have never been in trouble with the law. Skillful handling of your case is essential to preventing consequences that can range from loss of your Firearm Owner's Identification Program (FOID) card to costly fines and lengthy terms of imprisonment.
At Patel Law, PC, we bring years of experience to the defense of individuals accused of weapons offenses and gun crimes. With offices in Champaign-Urbana, Danville and Decatur, our dedicated criminal defense lawyers are prepared to represent clients throughout Central Illinois facing weapons charges such as:
- Unlawful use of a weapon
- Unlawful possession of a weapon
- Aggravated or reckless discharge of a firearm
- Illegal transportation of a weapon
- Armed robbery
- Assault with a deadly weapon
Protecting you from serious consequences
The consequences of a criminal offense quickly escalate when a weapon is involved. If you have a weapon in your possession when you commit a crime such as robbery, you can face severely enhanced penalties that include long prison sentences and unsavory criminal records. Whether your case entails such serious allegations or if it involves charges such as unlawful possession, a weapons offense of any type is considered extremely serious and requires experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense.
Defense strategies in weapons or firearm cases may be impacted by the way law enforcement officers came into contact with you. If the search and seizure of the weapon was illegal, then the evidence may be suppressed and cases resolved favorably. We offer free case evaluations during which we can thoroughly analyze your case for any potential law enforcement violations.
As a former federal prosecutor, former Champaign County and Vermilion County senior prosecutor, and former U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General, Attorney Patel has a depth of legal experience and knowledge rarely found in the profession. In addition, Attorney Patel has extensive knowledge of weapons and firearms that he developed as a former U.S. Naval Officer, and was even awarded an expert rating in the use of pistols and rifles. For clients facing weapons charges, this insight and specialization can provide their case with a stronger defense.