720 ILCS 5/24-1 – Unlawful Use of Weapons (UUW)


  • Typically a Class A misdemeanor
  • Up to 364 days in jail
  • Can be upgraded to Felony with prison time
  • Fine up to $25,000
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The charge of unlawful use of weapons (also known as UUW or Carry/Possess Firearm) under 720 ILCS 5/24-1 [1210000] [10655] [1048] is a very common charge in Chicago and the suburbs.  This law covers a wide variety of weapons, including handguns, rifles, knifes, billy clubs, noxious gases or nearly any other object that can be used as a weapon.  Not all UUW charges bring about a similar result.  As you can see in the table below, these weapons charges can range anywhere from a misdemeanor up to a Class X felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.  Whether you or a loved one has been charged with a misdemeanor or felony under 720 ILCS 5/24-1, there is a real risk of jail or prison time as well as a substantial fine.


Defending Gun Cases in the Chicago area – Attorney Andrew M. Weisberg


Criminal defense lawyer Andrew M. Weisberg began his career as a hard-nosed prosecutor who handled hundreds of weapons cases.  As a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Weisberg uses that unique experience to fight weapons charges from every conceivable angle.  This gives his clients a distinct advantage when facing criminal charges in Chicago or the suburbs. Contact Mr. Weisberg today so that he may protect your constitutional rights and begin the critical process of defending you in court. He can be reached on his cell phone 24/7 at (773) 453-2140.


The following crimes are variations of the charge of Unlawful Use of Weapon.  The crimes are listed by statute or charge as well as the possible jail or prison sentence for each.  Contact Andrew Weisberg today for a free consultation about your particular case and charges.


720 ILCS 5/24-1(a)(1)            Class A Misdemeanor             0-364 days

720 ILCS 5/24-1(a)(2)            Class A Misdemeanor             0-364 days

720 ILCS 5/24-1(a)(3)            Class A Misdemeanor             0-364 days

720 ILCS 5/24-1(a)(4)            Class A Misdemeanor             0-364 days

720 ILCS 5/24-1(a)(5)            Class A Misdemeanor             0-364 days

720 ILCS 5/24-1(a)(6)            Class 3 Felony                        2-5 years

720 ILCS 5/24-1(a)(7)            Class 3 Felony                        2-5 years

720 ILCS 5/24-1(a)(8)            Class 4 Felony                        1-3 years

720 ILCS 5/24-1(a)(9)            Class 4 Felony                         1-3 years

720 ILCS 5/24-1(a)(10)          Class A Misdemeanor             0-364 days

720 ILCS 5/24-1(a)(11)          Class A Misdemeanor             0-364 days

720 ILCS 5/24-1(a)(13)          Class A Misdemeanor             0-364 days


Guns and other Weapons Charges – 720 ILCS 5/24-1 More Serious Than One Might Imagine – Requires Top Level Representation


Every day in the news we hear about people around Chicago and the suburbs using various weapons to kill or injure their fellow citizen.  Police and prosecutors are cracking down on weapons violations and Judges are handing down stiff sentences.  If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a gun case or any other serious weapons violations in the Chicago area, you need the experience of a top notch Chicago criminal defense lawyer.  Attorney Andrew Weisberg has a reputation for treating his clients with respect and dignity while fighting hard to defend their freedom in court.


Mr. Weisberg built his reputation on creating the best in attorney-client relationships.  When you Mr. Weisberg to defend you in court, he will personally be with you every step of the way.  He will take the time to detail the steps that lie ahead so that you will feel confident when you step foot in the courtroom. Mr. Weisberg’s number one objective in every case is to do everything in his power to keep his client from ending up behind bars.  Contact Andrew Weisberg today so that he may begin defending you immediately.


For the Best Possible Defense – 720 ILCS 5/24-1 charges – Former Cook County Felony Prosecutor Andrew Weisberg


If you or a loved one has been charged with unlawful use of weapons (720 ILCS 5/24-1) in Chicago or the suburbs, Andrew M. Weisberg is a criminal defense lawyer with a reputation as a smart, aggressive and tough criminal attorney. He is a former Cook County and Will County prosecutor, and has gained vast experience defending all areas of criminal law, from sex crimes and violent offenses to domestic violence and theft offenses. To speak with Mr. Weisberg, call his office or his cell phone 24/7 at (773) 453-2140. The consultation is immediate, free and confidential.