Over 100 Years of Combined Experience in Criminal Law

Bloomington Gun & Firearms Defense Attorneys

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Conviction for a gun offense, or any other weapons offense, can lead to serious consequences. You could be fined or incarcerated. You could also have a criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life.

​​​​At Johnson Law Group, our experienced Bloomington, IL criminal defense attorneys are aggressive when it comes to defending people accused of firearm and other weapons offenses. If you are under investigation for this type of crime or if you have been charged, you can count on us to fight for you. Our team has over 100 years of combined legal experience to utilize on your behalf.

Defense Against All Types of Gun and Weapons Offenses

Our lawyers defend against all misdemeanor and felony weapons charges, including those related to guns, knives, and other illegal weapons.

Charges we defend against are:

  • Unlawful possession of firearms
  • Unlawful use of weapons
  • Unlawful sale of firearms
  • Reckless discharge of firearms

Weapons charges often accompany other charges and can serve as a source to worsen penalties. Drug offenses, for example, are punished more severely when there is the presence of guns. In cases involving guns, the police are more likely to suspect a drug ring and investigate more aggressively. Prosecutors are also more likely to increase charges, leading to a possible increase in the length of your sentence.

If you are involved in a drug and gun offense, you could also be facing charges for trafficking, export and import crimes, money laundering, RICO, and conspiracy. Such charges could also change your state legal matter into a federal drug case. Whether you are facing a single gun charge or it is combined with other charges, our Bloomington, IL criminal defense lawyers are ready to take on the challenge of defending you and protecting your rights.

Experienced Defense Makes a Difference

Our law firm features gun crime defense attorneys who are former prosecutors and police officers. We know how the criminal justice system works from more angles than one, and this knowledge can be used to help achieve a favorable outcome on your behalf. We will do everything possible to see that the charges against you are dropped or that you are found not guilty.

Our record of success speaks for itself. In one case, we represented a man accused of stealing while holding a knife to the victim's throat. We intervened during the police investigation and were able to convince the prosecutor not to file any charges at all.

If you are ready to fight back against the charges you have been accused of, our Bloomington gun crime attorneys are ready to help. Call us at (309) 565-8825.

Illinois Gun Law Attorneys

Our team of prior law enforcement and former prosecutors can help you protect your rights. We are strong 2nd Amendment advocates! Members of Johnson Law Group are FOID and Conceal Carry permit holders, understand the importance of your right to carry, and will protect your rights under the law. You have a right to have a gun under our Constitution, and when the government tries to take that right away for any reason, going it alone could cost you dearly. Our team of prior law enforcement and former prosecutors can help you protect your rights.

We at Johnson Law Group know every case is different and we offer proactive steps to our clients in the event that they are under investigation or even charged with a gun-related matter or shooting. It is important for you to know your rights BEFORE any questions are answered or any statement is given. Contacting an attorney after a gun-related incident has already occurred may be too late. The immediate steps a person takes after an incident has occurred are vital, and it’s important that you know how to proceed if you are unable to reach your attorney.

We have helped people at every stage, whether due to a criminal charge or something else, from representing them in the criminal court up and through full reinstatement of their rights under the law to possess and carry firearms. Whether it's at an administrative hearing or in the trial court, Johnson Law Group is there for you.

Handling FOID Card & Conceal Carry Permit Challenges Head-On

Has your application for a FOID Card or Conceal Carry Permit even been processed yet, or has your existing card or permit been cancelled, suspended, or revoked? Are you concerned you have no one on your side when the State comes after you?

When you apply for a FOID Card, the State Police have 30 days to act on that application, and when you apply for a Conceal Carry Permit, the State Police have 90 days to act on that application. Frequently, the State Police fails to act on applications within the required timeframe. In fact, more than a third of all FOID card applicants are not even processed within the required 30 days.* Even when an application is denied, the State Police fails to notify the applicant within the required time period, and thousands of cards are never delivered even after being granted.*

There are a lot of reasons why the government might seek to cancel, suspend, or revoke a FOID Card or Conceal Carry Permit, after which the government frequently won't listen to reason. This is true even when a person has only been accused of an offense in a case that is pending. This is routine for the government to do: on average, more than 18 cards are revoked per day!* Frequently, perfect law-abiding citizens do everything right and find themselves the subject of a police investigation that could affect their rights, but they don't know where to turn. The government won't help you, and, in fact, 85% of people calling the State Police with questions never spoke to a single person.*

What if I have to draw or fire my weapon?

We know you have questions, and we have answers. People often come to us with concerns about their right to self-defense, such as “What if I have to draw my weapon to protect myself?” or “What if I have to fire my gun to save others from an attacker?” Whether you’re concerned about these issues in the interests of safeguarding your rights or if you’ve already been involved in a situation and need help avoiding legal problems, we can help.

Our attorneys are ready to investigate the situation and help assemble favorable evidence and witnesses who can support your side of the story. If you’ve been contacted for questioning by law enforcement, make sure that you maintain a respectful attitude and express your appreciation for their duty to ensure that the law has been followed, but politely insist on having your attorney present during questioning. You may not have anything to hide, but it is important that you avoid mistakenly making statements that could incriminate you.

Members of the staff at our firm are NRA (National Rifle Association) members and also members of GSL (Guns Save Life). Illinois gun rights attorneys with Johnson Law Group are also part of the national NRA Attorney Referral Network. Be sure to ask us about our discount to NRA and GSL members.

Don’t wait until it is too late. Get in touch with our Illinois firearms law attorneys right away to find out how we can fight for and protect your rights!

*April, 2012, Illinois Auditor General's Report of the Illinois State Police.

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Why Should You Entrust Your Case to Our Firm?

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  • Over 100 years of combined experience in Criminal Law.

  • Our attorneys have won numerous awards and distinctions.

  • Customized results-driven case strategies.

  • Passionate legal representation, inside and outside of court.