Crimes involving firearms in St. Louis are a complex matter governed by numerous state and federal laws, and even a state constitutional amendment.
The penalties for being convicted of a weapons charge in St. Louis can be severe and the overall consequences can last a lifetime, including the inability to own or possess firearms, job loss, and the inability to obtain many jobs or rental residences. In many cases, a criminal charge involving a firearm may result in enhanced or additional charges.
Anyone accused of a crime involving a firearm or other weapon should always assert their right to remain silent when questioned by law enforcement and reach out for help from an experienced St. Louis criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. You will never talk your way out of trouble. Anything you say will be used against you and statements made to law enforcement may prevent your attorney from pursuing any number of defenses on your behalf.
Complexities of law and the many scenarios involving allegations of criminal wrongdoing with firearms make it difficult to state criminal penalties outside the facts and circumstances of a particular case. The charges involved, the type of firearms, proximity to school, church or government building, and the defendant's criminal record can all have significant impacts on a case.
Common criminal charges involving weapons include:
Many weapons charges are Class C felonies, carrying up to a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Other gun charges can be enhanced to Class C based on the circumstances, including previous criminal conviction, being a fugitive or illegal alien, being dishonorably discharged from the armed forces, being convicted of domestic violence, or being the subject or a restraining order.
Other common charges involving a firearm include:
A Class B misdemeanor carries a penalty of up to 6 months in jail and a $500 fine.
The United States Constitution takes seriously the rights of its citizens to keep and bear arms. But it’s always up to criminal defendants to assert those rights. If you are facing any type of criminal charge involving a firearm, contacting an experienced St. Louis defense attorney is the best thing you can do to protect your rights, your freedom and your future.
There are many defenses to these charges. Conversely, a conviction can significantly reduce your gun rights and will typically result in increased penalties for any future violations.
Bert Fulk, Attorney at Law in St. Charles delivers comprehensive legal support for any weapons issue governed by federal law, including:
I have the background and knowledge to guide you through the specific rules and procedures in federal court.
If you have been accused of a weapons-related crime, you need a dedicated advocate with experience defending against all types of gun and other charges. Call 636-336-0749 or contact me online to schedule a consultation.
With offices located in St. Charles, Missouri, Bert Fulk, Attorney at Law is ready to deliver a strong defense for you in a gun case or other criminal matter.