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  • Class D Felony of Unlawful Use of a Weapon Case Dismissed

    A South County man was wrongfully charged with a class D felony of Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Attorney Muhlenkamp was able to convince the complaining witness that the Defendant, in fact, never threatened anyone. The hearing lasted approximately 20 minutes, after which the Court dismissed the case.


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Individual Aiming a Machine GunThe current atmosphere in St. Louis and its surrounding municipalities has made a weapon or gun charge extremely serious. The government spends a lot of time and money prosecuting these charges, and the courts are not taking gun charges lightly. Judges are reluctant to release a defendant charged with a gun crime. Prosecuting attorneys are reluctant to offer probation. This makes the defense of weapon and gun charges especially challenging. The defense of weapon and gun charges requires skill and experience. Let the St. Louis weapons crime defense attorneys at Muhlenkamp & Bernsen, Attorneys at Law help.

Call (314) 347-3313 to schedule your free consultation. You can also contact Muhlenkamp & Bernsen, Attorneys at Law online.

Types of Weapons Offenses

Ten years ago, it was common for a court to release a defendant charged with a Class D Felony Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a bond of $500 or $1,000. Those days have long passed. Now, a defendant charged with a weapon or gun offense needs experienced counsel to distinguish his case from others. This will help ensure your release on bond in a timely manner. It will also help you obtain the best disposition possible on your weapon or gun charge.

Charges of unlawful use of a weapon can take on many forms, such as:

  • Concealing and carrying a weapon like a gun or knife
  • Displaying a weapon in a threatening way
  • Possessing and handling a lethal weapon while intoxicated (or under the influence of a substance) in a careless or negligent way
  • Shooting a gun into or at any structure where people assemble
  • Shooting a gun within 100 yards of a school, court, or church while they are occupied
  • Shooting at a person or another structure while driving in or occupying a moving vehicle
  • Taking either a loaded or unloaded gun into a school or another school building/facility
  • Shooting a gun across or next to a public highway

It is also illegal to carry a deadly weapon into the following situations:

  • Into a church before or during a worship service
  • Into a precinct on the day of an election
  • Into any government building

What are the Penalties for Weapons Violations?

Many felony charges, such as robbery or assault, will contain an additional charge of “Armed Criminal Action” (ACA). This happens when a weapon was allegedly used in the commission of the underlying offense.

The penalties in Missouri for weapons violations include the following:

  • Maximum authorized term of imprisonment for a Class B felony for the first violation
  • If the offender has prior offenses, they can be sentenced for the maximum authorized term of imprisonment for a Class B felony without parole, probation, or conditional release as possibilities for 10 years
  • If the offender is considered a persistent offender, they may receive the maximum authorized term of imprisonment for a Class B felony without parole, probation, or conditional release as possibilities for 10 years
  • If injury or death of another person is also a factor into the violation, the offender may face a Class A felony, which has harsher penalties than Class B felonies

An Armed Criminal Action charge is not eligible for probation. Therefore, defense counsel must aggressively investigate the facts of these cases and evaluate all applicable defenses to avoid a conviction at all costs.

Muhlenkamp & Bernsen, Attorneys at Law has the experience to help you get a reasonable bond and get you back to your life as quickly as possible, putting your gun charges behind you. We have defended weapon and gun charges successfully. As your advocate, we will work to secure your release promptly and defend you in court.

Make sure you have experienced counsel by your side. Call (314) 347-3313 for a free case evaluation.

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    Anthony Muhlenkamp
    Anthony Muhlenkamp (feel free to call him Tony) has been practicing law since 2003. He graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 2000 with a business degree, then headed west to Los Angeles, California where he graduated from Southwestern University School of Law. Although he thoroughly enjoyed his law school experience—especially criminal law, criminal procedure, and trial advocacy—he could not stand the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. There was something about spending four ...
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    Tory Dowd Bernsen is a partner at Muhlenkamp & Bernsen, Attorneys at Law. She focuses on criminal defense, DWI, and appellate advocacy. Tony Muhlenkamp and Tory first began working together at a large criminal defense firm in St. Louis in 2008. They represented clients for several years on numerous matters, ranging from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies. During that time, they developed a trusted relationship which enabled them to work well together and advocate effectively for their ...

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