Using A Weapon Unlawfully In St. Louis, Missouri
Are you currently facing “unlawful use of a weapon” or “unlaw possession of a firearm” charges in the St. Louis area? If you are you should know that these are very serious charges and it would be in your best interest to contact Combs Law Group immediately. In Missouri the crime of “unlawful use of weapon” or “unlawful possession of a weapon” there is a wide scope of definition, but in most cases it’s typically classified as a class D felony. Depending on the specifics of your case, there are some exceptions made by Prosecutors where the charges could be filed as a class A or class B misdemeanor, but most often are felony charges. In either case it’s going to be in your best interest to work with Combs Law Group, on of the best criminal defense lawyers in St. Louis, Missouri. We will aggressively fight for your freedom, so please contact us today for your free consultation.
Unlawful Use Of A Weapon Scenarios
Again, unlawful use of a weapon crimes can come about from a variety of scenarios. We’ve seen cases where someone was in possession of a firearm while intoxicated and was in effect mishandling the weapon. We’ve also seen cases where someone was caught firing a gun within 100 yards of a school. We have also handled a number of cases where a convicted felon is in possession of a firearm. Here are the most common scenarios for “unlawful use of a weapon” charges:
- A person fires a gun across a public highway
- Taking a firearm into a church where people are worshipping
- Taking a firearm into a government building like a courthouse
- Taking a firearm into a high school, college, or university
- Shooting a firearm at someone or something while you’re in a moving car
- Showing someone a firearm to someone in an effort to threaten them
- Carrying a concealed weapon unlawfully
- Carrying a firearm while you’re drunk or intoxicated
- Shooting a firearm within 100 yards of a school, court, or church
- Possessing a firearm as a convicted felon
Missouri statute Section 571.030 specifies that if someone engages in those acts they will be subject to “unlawful use of weapons” charges. So if you’ve been arrested for using a weapon unlawfully or possession of a firearm by a felon, contact Combs Law Group today for a free consultation.
Unlawful Use Of A Weapon Penalties
An “unlawful use of a weapon” charge in Missouri will typically result in a class D felony. If your weapons charge is filed as a class D felony you could be looking at 1-4 years in prison and fines up to $5000. If your charge is filed as a class B misdemeanor you could be facing up to 6 months in jail and up to $500 in fines. If your charge is filed as a class A misdemeanor you could be facing up to 1 year in jail and up to $1000 in fines. So as you can see there are some big differences in range of punishments that can come from a “unlawful use of a weapon” or “unlawful possession of a firearm”, a class D felony versus a class B misdemeanor. The exceptions under the law will typically drive the decision for the Prosecutor to file the case as a felony versus a misdemeanor. Those exceptions, however, can also be useful when trying to negotiate a lesser charge.
Working With Combs Law Group For A Unlawful Use Of A Weapon
At Combs Law Group, we’ve worked hundreds of “unlawful use of weapon” and “unlawful possession of a firearm” charges in St. Louis, Missouri. If you’re currently facing these charges we urge you to call us today. Hiring a St. Louis criminal defense lawyer can be a daunting task and we’re pleased you’re considering Combs Law Group. We can help you fight these weapons charges aggressively by building a solid legal defense strategy. Our process is unique among St. Louis criminal lawyers because we strive for delivering the highest level of client satisfaction among St. Louis attorneys. We want our clients to know that we are here to back them 100%, so we focus on providing a personalized approach to each clients case.
Our lead attorney, Chris Combs, previously worked at Rosenblum, Schwartz, Rogers & Glass P.C, where he learned the art of criminal defense law in St. Louis. He decided to pursue his ambitions by launching Combs Law Group is 2014 with the mission of providing highly personalized legal services to local St. Louis area residents. If you decide to work with Combs Law Group you will have 24/7 access to Chris for any questions or concerns you have, which unfortunately won’t be the case as some of the other firms you deal with. We urge you review our client feedback to see what past clients have said about working with Combs Law Group, one of the best criminal defense lawyers in St. Louis.
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