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Illinois weapons defense, DuPage County criminal lawyerMere possession of weapons can have a detrimental effect on your future if you are one of the thousands of individuals that is not permitted to carry a weapon under the law. While everyone has a right to bear arms, this right may be taken away or limited by the government if you are a convicted felon, faced domestic violence charges, are mentally incompetent, or have other previous offenses the government deems makes you unfit to carry freely.

Limitations on Carrying Generally

Consider also that such restrictions mean you cannot carry any enumerated weapon under the law, legal or illegal. If you were carrying unlawful weapons before, these restrictions do not mean now you can only carry lawful ones. Illinois places restrictions on items such as automatic firearms, silencers, or short-barreled shotguns generally. Just because someone is willing to sell you a weapon does not mean you are allowed to possess it, even if it is something a non-felon could lawfully own.

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assault battery illinoisThe terms “assault” and “battery” are often incorrectly used interchangeably. Although they are often used in conjunction, knowing the distinctions between the two can clarify some misconceptions about the crimes. When determining whether an action constitutes assault, battery, or both, there are three primary things to keep in mind.

#1: Assault occurs when there is no contact, but for a battery, there must be actual physical contact.

The legal definition of “assault” actually includes the term “battery.” The cryptic definition explains assault as putting another in “reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery.” Essentially, this means you know you are about to get hit. You had to “see it coming,” so to speak. Also, the person must have intended to put you in fear of a battery. That simply means that it was not an accident.

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