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Proof of Possession in Weapons Violations Cases

Let our Chicago criminal defense law firm assist you with your weapons violations case. Call (312) 466-9466 to speak with an experienced Illinois weapons violations lawyer.

When it comes to weapons violations in Illinois, possession can be actual or constructive.

Actual possession is where a person has a firearm in their hand or in their pocket. Constructive possession involves having a gun under your "dominion and control." In other words, if you have a gun in your home or in your car, you may be deemed in possession of the gun.

In fact, possession can be "joint and several," which means more than one person can possess a firearm at one time. For example, if a gun is found in an automobile, that is prima facie evidence that all occupants of an auto are in possession of that firearm. See 720 ILCS 5/24-1(d). 

A talented Illinois weapons violations lawyer like Steven R. Hunter may rebut that evidence by showing lack of knowledge or inaccessibility, suppression motions, or other means. Call today to schedule an office consultation.

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