Illinois Driver Facing Weapons Crime Charges
Two people were recently arrested in Ford Heights after a traffic stop led to the discovery of a gun in their vehicle. The car was pulled over by Illinois law enforcement after the driver did not follow the proper procedure at a stop sign. Upon approaching the car, law enforcement claimed that they smelled marijuana. Eventually, the two people inside the vehicle were charged with weapons crime and other charges.
After police asked both occupants to get out of the vehicle, the passenger of the vehicle exited the car and ran from the scene. He is 17 years old and was later apprehended and charged. Police officers found a 9 mm gun under a seat in the car, which led to the arrest of the driver, a 22-year-old man.
The driver was officially charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. The young passenger was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and resisting. Conviction of any of these charges could lead to serious consequences for either young man, and they would be well served to seek defense help as soon as possible.
When a person is facing a weapons crime charge, either a juvenile or adult, he or she is innocent until proved guilty. The individual has certain rights under the law, and an experienced Illinois defense lawyer can ensure that these rights are properly protected. By presenting a thoughtful defense, a person may possibly be able to mitigate the potential consequences that he or she faces. An appropriate defense strategy is typically identified after a complete case evaluation.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times, “Traffic stop in Ford Heights leads to arrests, gun charge“, March 11, 2016
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