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Unlawful Use of a Weapon

Chicago UUW Lawyer-Fighting UUW Gun Cases for Over 26 Years

James Dimeas is a UUW attorney with over 26 years of experience handling UUW cases throughout Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County and Lake County. James Dimeas is nationally recognized, award-winning UUW lawyer who has a deep and thorough understanding of the UUW and gun laws in Illinois and has extensive experience handling criminal cases involving Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

Illinois has some of the strictest gun laws in the country.  In spite of that, violence and shootings caused by the spread of guns in Chicago is out of control.  Local and national media is continuously reporting on the number of shootings in Chicago. Chicago residents wake up on Monday morning to find out how many shootings occurred over the weekend.  The intense scrutiny on the gun violence in Chicago is causing local politicians and the local police to focus heavily on preventing gun violence. Legislators are imposing new laws to make it more difficult to own a gun and local police are cracking down trying to take guns off of the street.  This has caused a jump in the number of prosecutions for gun related crimes. The increased emphasis on making gun arrests has lead to an increase of innocent citizens being caught in unjust and unfair arrests and an increase in the number of innocent people being charged with false crimes. Up until a few years ago, Illinois was the only state that did not allow its citizens to legally carry a gun in public for protection.  

After the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional for the State of Illinois to not have any way for a citizen to lawfully carry a gun in public the Illinois State Legislature changed the law and added a mechanism by which citizens could lawfully carry a gun in public. This is known as the Conceal and Carry Law.  Unless you have a Conceal and Carry permit, you cannot carry a gun in public in Illinois. In order to own a gun, you must have a Firearm Owner's Identification Card (FOID).

Unlawful of a Weapon (UUW) is a very serious crime in Illinois.  If you are arrested for having a gun in public, and you do not have a Conceal and Carry Permit, you will be charged with a UUW. If you did not have an FOID Card or if the gun was loaded, you will be charged with an Aggravated UUW. If you are facing a UUW or an Aggravated UUW in Illinois, you could be facing the very real possibility of a jail sentence. You will need the services of an experienced and knowledgeable UUW lawyer who has the experience and proven track record of handling UUW cases throughout Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, and Lake County, to help you avoid jail and a conviction on your criminal record that can never be removed.

The Illinois gun laws are complicated.  UUW lawyer, James Dimeas, has spent the past 26 years handling gun cases throughout Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, and Lake County. UUW attorney, James Dimeas, has won gun cases at trial and had convictions for past gun cases vacated and overturned.

How to Legally Own a Gun in Illinois?

Required to have an FOID Card - If you are an Illinois resident and you want to own a gun, you are required to have an FOID card 720 ILCS 66/1. To obtain an FOID card you must fill out an application with the Illinois State Police, pay a small fee, and after a very thorough background search you will be issued the FOID card by the Illinois State Police.  The FOID card allows you to own a gun in your home. You can also transport a gun provided that you make sure that the gun is unloaded, uncased and not immediately accessible. It is not legal to transport a loaded gun in Illinois under your car seat or in the glove compartment of your car.

Conceal and Carry Permit - The only way to legally carry a concealed firearm on your person or in your car in Illinois if you have a Conceal and Carry permit 430 ILCS 66/1 issued by the Illinois State Police. Even if you have a Conceal and Carry permit Illinois state law allows certain businesses, public and private, to ban weapons from their property. The property owner will post signs on the property notifying people that guns are not allowed.

What is a UUW in Illinois?

If you are a resident of Illinois and you own a gun and you do not have an FOID card, you are violating the law and can be charged and convicted of an Unlawful Use of a Weapon (UUW) crime. Most of the time, if you had an FOID card and you were not properly transporting a gun and the gun was unloaded, you will be charged with a misdemeanor UUW.

What is an Aggravated UUW in Illinois?

Aggravated UUW is a much more serious criminal offense in Illinois. You can be guilty of an Aggravated UUW in Illinois if you do not have an FOID card and a Conceal and Carry Permit and you are arrested for carrying a loaded gun on your person or in your car. Many out-of-state residents who are spending time in Illinois do not understand that while it may be legal in their home state to carry a gun they must comply with the strict Illinois gun laws or else they will be facing a UUW or Aggravated UUW charge in Illinois. Even Illinois residents that have a valid FOID card end up getting arrested and charged with a UUW simply because they did not realize that their FOID card had expired. Not knowing that your FOID card had expired is not a defense to a UUW or Aggravated UUW charge in Illinois.

What is the Penalty for a UUW or Aggravated UUW in Illinois?

A misdemeanor UUW in Illinois is a class A misdemeanor which carries a maximum punishment of up to one-year in jail and a fine up to $2,500. You can get Court Supervision or Conditional Discharge for a UUW in Illinois.  An Aggravated UUW in Illinois is a class 4 felony which carries a potential jail sentence of one to three years in prison. Most prosecutors are unwilling and unable to enter into meaningful negotiations for any agreements that call for anything less than jail time when it comes to a UUW or an Aggravated UUW charge. This is true in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, and Lake County. The intense public and media focus on gun crimes in Illinois has caused many prosecutors to take a very hard line approach when it comes to UUW and Aggravated UUW cases in Illinois. As a result, a criminal charge of UUW or Aggravated UUW in Illinois must be taken seriously and fought very hard because the potential consequences can be very severe.

Effective and Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer for UUW and Aggravated UUW Charges in Illinois

UUW lawyer, James Dimeas, has dedicated the past 26 years to fighting UUW and Aggravated UUW cases in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, and Lake County. James Dimeas, an experienced UUW and Aggravated UUW attorney, understands that many times, in their zeal to find a gun, the police will conduct stops of vehicles and of pedestrians for no reason. The police will search people and their vehicles without a warrant and without probable cause. UUW attorney, James Dimeas, will file Motions to Suppress the stops and searches and will have the evidence seized thrown out of court. Sometimes the police will question suspects without reading them their rights. UUW lawyer, James Dimeas, will file a motion to have the statements made to the police and prosecutors thrown out of Court.

UUW lawyer, James Dimeas, will fight to protect your constitutional right to own a firearm and to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.  UUW attorney, James Dimeas, has been at the forefront of the fight for gun rights in the criminal courts of Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, and Lake County for the past 26 years. James Dimeas has been challenging the strict gun laws of Illinois and has been winning gun cases for the past 26 years. James Dimeas has the unique experience and knowledge of the UUW and Aggravated UUW laws in Illinois to provide you the experience and effective legal representation you will need if you are facing UUW and Aggravated UUW charges in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, and Lake County.  

Award-Winning UUW Lawyer for Your UUW Case

UUW Attorney, James Dimeas, is a nationally-recognized, award-winning UUW lawyer. Attorney and Practice Magazine gave James Dimeas the "Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney Award for Illinois." Recently, The American Society of Legal Advocates named James Dimeas a "Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer In the State of Illinois For the Year 2018 and 2019." James Dimeas was named a "Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer" by The National Trial Lawyers. The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys recognized James Dimeas as a "10 Best Attorney for Client Satisfaction. The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys awarded James Dimeas the "Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of Illinois." James Dimeas was recognized as a "Best DUI Lawyer" and a  "Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in Chicago" by Expertise.  In addition, UUW attorney, James Dimeas, is rated "Superb" by AVVO, the highest rating possible for any UUW lawyer in the United States.

If you are facing UUW or Aggravated UUW charges in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, or Lake County, you can contact UUW lawyer, James Dimeas, for a free and confidential consultation.  You can always speak to Mr. Dimeas by calling him anytime to discuss your case. He can help you win your case. You can always speak to James Dimeas personally by calling him at 847-807-7405.

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I got into an argument with my ex-boyfriend. One thing led to another and when he came close to me I pushed him away. He called the police and when I spoke to the police I told them that I pushed him without realizing that you don't have to hit someone to be charged with a Domestic Battery. Being arrested was terrifying. I spoke to several attorneys who promised they would win the case and were charging a ridiculous amount of money. A friend referred me to James Dimeas. He was straightforward and honest with me and charged me a very reasonable and affordable fee. He got me into the Kane County Deferred Prosecution Program. I successfully completed the program and I just received paperwork in the mail that the case has been expunged and completely removed from my record. I highly recommend Jim Dimeas. He is an honest and straightforward lawyer that will look out for your best interests. E.A.
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I had been accused of doing something, by my then wife, that I did not do. I was 100% innocent and was at the lowest point in my life. My mother told me to call James Dimeas. Her friend recommended him to her. James fought for me in court and refused to back down, even when the prosecution offered to lower the charges and make me plead guilty. I refused to plead guilty to something I did not do. The case went to trial and James won my case. I was found not guilty because I was NOT GUILTY. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND JAMES DIMEAS! Not only is he a great lawyer, but he is also a great human being. The truth shall set you free! C.D.
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