This post concludes and recaps my series on the handling of gun charges in Peoria, Illinois. I thought it was important to write on this topic because many defendants are not aware of the gravity of these charges. The goal of my recent articles has been to provide information on how to proceed in these situations. It has also been my hope that this information will assist you in making an informed decision when it comes time to select a criminal defense lawyer. Contact my office today for an initial consultation if you need assistance.
I have addressed several topics over my recent articles. Issues which I have analyzed include:
- Search and seizure issues in gun cases
- How the possession or use of a firearm can elevate other charges
- Federal prosecution of felons who possess weapons
These are various reasons why Peoria defendants should understand these issues. First, law enforcement officials are required to follow certain procedures when obtaining evidence or statements. If an unlawful search and seizure results in evidence, it is possible for the charges against you to be dismissed. Second, the possession of a firearm can greatly enhance the penalties associated with other crimes. Furthermore, it is also likely that the use of a gun during the commission of a crime may result in being charged with multiples offenses. Lastly, the federal government has the option of prosecuting felons who are in the possession of a weapon. Having knowledge about these issues can assist defendants in selecting the right attorney and provide them with helpful information about the prosecutorial process.
If you have been arrested or charged with a gun crime and would like to discuss your options, contact my office today. I am an experienced Peoria criminal defense attorney who has tried cases in both state and federal court. In addition to Peoria, I also serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford. I also handle federal cases in Urbana.