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Weapons crimes charges can include the unlawful possession, use, selling, or trafficking of an illegal weapon. If convicted, these charges can have serious repercussions for the rest of your life. On top of prison time and fines, you’ll end up with a criminal record that has lifelong implications on your ability to perform certain jobs, see your children, or own a firearm, and so much more.

Crimes involving weapons charges are easily convoluted by the presence of other criminal charges, such as stealing, property damage, and homicide. However, ALL weapons charges have the potential to result in a felony charge. If you’ve been charged with a weapons-related offense, you must immediately reach out to an experienced St. Louis weapons crimes attorney.

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WEAPONS CRIMES IN ST. LOUIS

There are generally two categories for weapons crime charges in St. Louis. Either the unlawful possession of a firearm or the unlawful use of a weapon (“UUW”). There are many “special circumstances” that will be evaluated to determine how the accused is charged:

  • Whether the weapon in question was concealed.
  • If the weapon was exhibited in an angry or threatening manner, even if it was not fired.
  • Whether or not the weapon was readily capable of lethal use.
  • Location the defendant brought the weapon into (churches, government, office, etc.)
  • Whether the weapon was used to harm another person or property.
  • Whether the location has posted signs indicating that the premises are off-limits to concealed firearms.

Weapons crimes charge classifications can range from a Class A Misdemeanor to a Class D Felony.

If the defendant committed a felony with the use or assistance of a dangerous instrument or deadly weapon, this is referred to as armed criminal action. This is an unclassified felony with sentences ranging from 3 to 30 years imprisonment, depending on the seriousness of the crime.

UNLAWFUL USE OF A WEAPON “UUW”

The unlawful use of a weapon (“UUW”) focuses on what the accused was doing when they had the weapon in their possession. Was it being used for intimidation? Was it used to help carry out another crime? Were there drugs or alcohol involved? There are many ways that a person can be charged with unauthorized use of a weapon under Missouri law:

  • Exhibiting a weapon in an angry or threatening manner.
  • Possessing a weapon while intoxicated.
  • Possessing a weapon while simultaneously possessing a controlled substance.

In the absence of other criminal acts, the unlawful use of a weapon will result in a Class E Felony charge.

UNLAWFUL WEAPON POSSESSION

The unlawful possession of a firearm refers to the unauthorized or illegal ownership of dangerous instruments, firearms, explosives, or other weapons found in violation of federal law. You can be found guilty for unlawful weapon possession if the state can prove you knowingly were involved with the illegal weapon in the context of:

  • Possession
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Repairing
  • Selling

In St. Louis, the term “possession” in weapon-related crimes can refer to actual possession or constructive possession.

Active Possession – Situations where the weapon is physically in the defendant’s hand or on his or her person.

Constructive Possession – When the weapon is under control of the defendant, within reach of the defendant, or the defendant knows that an unauthorized weapon is in his or her presence.

PENALTIES FOR WEAPONS CRIMES CHARGES IN ST. LOUIS

The penalties for weapons crimes can vary greatly depending on how the state classifies your charge. Like many other criminal charges, once these charges appear on your record, it can make it difficult to return to your everyday life. Even after serving jail time and paying off your fines – A small misdemeanor will show up on your criminal record when applying for jobs, handling child custody arrangements, or trying to obtain a firearm in the future.

Possession of an Illegal Weapon (Misdemeanor)

To convict you of this offense, the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant knowingly; possessed, manufactured, transported, repaired, or sold:

  • A bullet or projectile which explodes or detonates upon impact because of an independent explosive charge after having been shot from a firearm, or knuckles.

Possession of an Illegal Weapon (Misdemeanor) is considered a Class A Misdemeanor. Punishable by up to (1) year in county jail, and fines of up to $2,000.

Possession of an Illegal Weapon (Felony)

To convict you of this offense, the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant knowingly; possessed, manufactured, transported, repaired, or sold:

  • An explosive weapon, or
  • An explosive, incendiary, or poisoned substance or material with the purpose to possess, manufacture, or sell an explosive weapon, or
  • A gas gun, or
  • Other weapons in violation of federal law (machine gun, short-barrelled rifle, shotgun, silencer, switchblade)

Possession of an illegal weapon (Felony) is considered a Class D Felony. Punishable by up to (7) years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.

Unlawful Use of Weapons (Exhibiting)

To convict you of this offense, the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant knowingly:

  • Exhibited in the presence of one or more persons, any weapon capable of lethal use, in a threatening or angry manner.

Unlawful use of weapons (Exhibiting) is considered a Class E Felony. Punishable by up to (4) years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.

Unlawful Use of Weapons (Possession of a firearm and controlled substance)

Unlawful Use of Weapons (Possession of a firearm and controlled substance)

  • Possessed a firearm; while also knowingly,
  • Possessing a controlled substance that is a felony violation in the Missouri controlled substance law.

Unlawful use of weapons (Possession of a firearm and controlled substance) is considered a Class E Felony. Punishable by up to (4) years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.

Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (Felon in Possession of a Firearm)

To convict a person of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm — also known as Felon in Possession of a Firearm — , the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant knowingly:

  • Had any firearm in your possession; and,
  • You have been convicted of a felony under the laws of this state or of a crime under the laws of any state or of the United States which, if committed in this state, would be a felony.

Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (also known as Felon in Possession of a Firearm) is considered a Class D Felony. Punishable by up to (7) years in prison and fines of up to $10,000. Sometimes this offense is charged in federal court, where the penalties will be much more serious and often involve mandatory minimum prison sentences.

Armed Criminal Action

To convict you of this offense, the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant knowingly committed a felony; by, with, or through the use of a:

  • Dangerous instrument, or
  • Deadly weapon.

Armed Criminal Action is considered an Unclassified Felony. Punishable by up to (30) years imprisonment. By statute, the punishment for this offense “shall be in addition to any punishment provided by the law for the crime committed.”

There is no eligibility for parole, probation, or a conditional release for a period of three calendar years from the sentencing.

What To Do If You’re Facing Weapons Charges In The St. Louis Area

If you’ve been arrested and are facing weapons charges, your next steps are crucial. Regardless of the events that may have gotten you to this point, how you conduct yourself during your arrest and proceedings can play an important role in your case’s outcome.

  • Remain calm (remember your rights) – Do your best to remain stable and control your emotions. Cooperate with law enforcement, provide necessary information like your name and date of birth. Do NOT give any information that can be used to implicate you for the crime – Always remember you have the right to remain silent.
  • Get help from an attorney – The second most important right to remember during an arrest – you have the right to legal counsel. Do NOT discuss your case with anyone aside from your attorney; they can provide you with sound advice (that’s in your best interest) to help you navigate through the legal process.

Once you are allowed — Contact a knowledgeable St. Louis Weapons Crimes Attorney. They will immediately get to work on building an effective representation for you while providing you with sound advice to help you move forward in the best way possible. Whether you decide to plead innocent or guilty, it’s crucial to find out ALL of your options… before your trial.

Find The Best St. Louis Weapons Crimes Attorney For Your Case

Look for an attorney that takes your future as seriously as YOU DO. Experienced in a range of criminal defense cases, including stealing, property damage, and assault — Rose Legal Services will work hard to get you the best possible results. Let’s start your case off with a free consultation, take the time to thoroughly review and inspect your case, and create a STRONG defense.

ST. LOUIS WEAPONS CRIMES ATTORNEY

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Frequently Asked Questions

In Missouri, “deadly force” is permitted to be used in self-defense if someone is both trespassing on your property and threatening unlawful force against another person.

Federal law states that ANY person convicted of a felony will receive a lifetime ban on possessing a firearm. There may be options in the future under the Missouri expungement statute to pursue having these restrictions taken off the record.

Open carry is when the firearm is carried in plain sight and is easily accessible, and concealed carry is when the firearm is hidden behind layers of clothing. A concealed carry will require a permit in most states; however, Missouri does NOT require any additional permits or licenses to carry a concealed weapon. Nonetheless, it is still a crime in Missouri to carry a concealed weapon without a concealed carry permit in many locations, such as churches, government buildings, police stations, jails, schools, casinos, sports arenas, hospitals, amusement parks, childcare facilities, airports, bars, and any private property where the owner has posted the premises as being off limits to concealed firearms by means of a conspicuous sign. In such locations, a person with a concealed carry permit cannot be charged with a crime for carrying a concealed weapon, but they can be denied entry.

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