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Wheaton IL weapons charges attorney.jpgIn the state of Illinois, if you are in possession of a firearm, you must also be in possession of an Illinois firearm ownership identification card (FOID). It is illegal for you to own or be in possession of a firearm without a FOID card. Though the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution gives citizens the right to bear arms, the Illinois State Police reserves the right to revoke or suspend your FOID card at any time if you violate ownership rules or if you become ineligible for a FOID card. Having your FOID card suspended or revoked comes with a laundry list of things you must do to comply with the suspension or revocation, and if you do not comply with those requirements, you could be facing serious charges.

Notice of Revocation

There is a multitude of reasons that your FOID card can be revoked. Some of those reasons include:

  • You were convicted of a misdemeanor other than a traffic offense, and you are under the age of 21;
  • You were convicted of a felony;
  • You are addicted to narcotics; and
  • You were convicted of domestic battery after 2012.

If your FOID card is revoked, you will be notified in writing by the Illinois State Police. The notice will go into detail as to why your card has been revoked. The notice will also include a list of the requirements you must comply with.

Revocation Requirements

Once you have received your revocation notice, you have 48 hours to complete the requirements that you were given. First, you have to surrender your FOID card to your local law enforcement agency. You will receive a receipt that you have surrendered your card, and your local agency will send your card to the state police.

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DuPage County criminal defense attorney, weapons charges, defending yourselfThe worst case scenario is happening to you right this moment and you have a weapon to defend yourself, yet you have not taken the proper avenues to make your weapon purchase legal. What do you do?

Do you pretend you do not have the weapon in order to avoid legal trouble, or do you use it to defend yourself, regardless of the legal ramifications? If you choose to defend yourself, will you face weapons charges?

These are not the best questions to ask yourself in ‘the heat of the moment,’ yet they are certainly questions to consider before you even decide to carry.

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