The current atmosphere in St. Louis and it 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.
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 $1000. Those days have long passed. Now, in the current climate here in St. Louis, 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.
Many felony charges, such as robbery or assault, will contain an additional charge of “Armed Criminal Action” (or ACA). This happens when a weapon was allegedly used in the commission of the underlying offense. 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.
In today’s world, gun charges and weapon offenses are taken very seriously. Muhlenkamp & Bernsen 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. We will work to secure your release promptly and defend you in court. Do not take these charges lightly. Make sure you have experienced counsel by your side. Call us today for a free case evaluation.