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Gun and weapon charges can be complicated, and potential penalties are severe. Attorney Shay T. Allen has defended clients in many guns and weapons cases, with results including dismissals, not guilty verdicts and reductions to lesser included crimes. Allen has the in-depth experience and skill to bring all relevant details to your situation.

Call to schedule your free consultation: 708-960-0113.

What Are Some
Weapons-Related Charges?

Attorney Allen defends clients facing weapons-related charges including:

  • Unlawful Possession or Use of a Firearm/Weapon
  • Discharge of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Stolen Firearm
  • Gun Trafficking/Gunrunning

When Can You
Carry a Gun in Illinois?


Attorney Allen has the in-depth experience and skill to bring all relevant details to your situation. He has defended clients in many gun and weapons cases, resulting in dismissals, not guilty verdicts and reductions to lesser included crimes.

  • Licensing – An Illinois Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) Card affects your legal right to possess a gun and penalties related to a gun charge.
  • Police Procedure – Officers must follow specific rules when it comes to stops, searches, and arrests. The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures, which can provide a basis to challenge many drug charges.
  • Details of Your Weapons Charge – Exceptions apply to most gun/weapons charges and arresting officers do not always take those exceptions into account. Under certain circumstances, you may be allowed to possess a gun in your home or transport a non-functional gun. Contact us now.


Were you
Charged with Related Crimes?

Drug crime charges are many times accompanied by related criminal offenses for which Attorney Allen can defend you of including:

Is unlawful possession of a firearm a felony in Illinois?

Unlawful possession of firearms, other than handguns, and firearm ammunition is a Class A misdemeanor. Unlawful possession of handguns is a Class 4 felony. The possession of each firearm or firearm ammunition in violation of this Section constitutes a single and separate violation.

How long does it take to get FOID card in Illinois?

FOID renewals are processed within 60 business days (about three months). FOID new applications are processed within 30 calendar days.

Can I wear a mask at the time of legally carrying a concealed firearm?

The Governor's Executive Order does not require or suggest that law enforcement should arrest or criminally charge conceal carry license permit holders for wearing protective masks while in public as long as they are complying with the other provisions of the Illinois Concealed Carry Act and are not committing any other violations of Illinois law.

Are there exemptions to the requirement of having a FOID Card?

Yes. The FOID Act, 430 ILCS 65/2(b) outlines several exemptions. Ask your lawyer if you should be exempt!

What could it mean that I was charged with 'Aggravated unlawful use of a weapon'?

There are several reasons, but one of the most common could be that the person possessing the weapon was engaged in a misdemeanor violation of the Cannabis Control Act, in a misdemeanor violation of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, or in a misdemeanor violation of the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act.