A Southwest Airlines pilot was accused of having a handgun in his carryon suitcase last Wednesday. The pilot, who was apprehended by TSA agents at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, was allegedly carrying a 9 mm Smith & Wesson M&P pistol.
The use of a firearm in a crime can make the penalties that you face even harsher. As difficult as this is to think about, you must be realistic about the possible penalties if you are facing these charges. We know that you want to fight back against these charges. We are here to help you handle this.
Facing charges related to weapons can be a complex undertaking, especially if the weapon was recovered. You should understand that you need to work on your defense from the moment that you know you are facing charges.
We recently discussed some points about where you can legally carry a weapon. This is an important consideration for anyone who owns a gun because failing to comply with the laws could mean that you aren't able to legally own a gun any longer.
Some people tend to think that they should be able to bring firearms and weapons wherever they want without having to face consequences. They often cite the Second Amendment to back up this desire. Unfortunately, this isn't how it works in reality. There are limitations on the places where you can have weapons.
Criminal charges related to weapons are serious legal matters. These charges are almost always classified as violent crimes, which means that the life effects of a conviction might be more than what you initially expected. We can help you find out how a conviction might impact your life, as well as discovering any possible defense options that you might have.
Being charged with assault is bad enough in itself, but a charge of aggravated assault is even worse. Aggravated assault occurs when there are extenuating circumstances associated with the assault. For example, you might face this charge if you beat someone with something that could be considered a weapon, such as a brick.
Gun charges are serious and can land you in prison for a long time. When you are facing these charges, your defense must be carefully planned. You can't wait until the last minute and think that you can just throw something together. Trying to put off the defense planning might be a devastating decision.
Last week, a 35-year-old former St. Louis policewoman facing charges of dealing heroin along with double counts of unlawful use of weapons was acquitted by a jury after deliberating for a couple of hours.
Protecting yourself if you get into a fight is something that anyone would want to do. It is important for you to know that how you protect yourself matters. Missouri laws sets some very harsh penalties for weapons-related crimes, so if you are facing one of these charges, you should learn all you can about the elements of the case.