Recent Missouri Firearms Case Broadly Instructive

In Drug Crimes by RSFJ

On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in Drug Crimes on Thursday, April 25, 2019.

Missouri arrests involving illegal drugs routinely yield starkly adverse consequences for defendants across the state. Those outcomes are often even more severe when a weapon is involved.

That was underscored in a recent criminal matter that played out in the southeastern Missouri city of Kennett. An individual there was sentenced following a plea agreement to a 16-year prison term. He admitted to multiple counts of methamphetamine possession in an alleged drug-trafficking scheme, coupled with repeat firearms violations.

One notable takeaway from the case stresses the sheer amount of money and resources that law enforcers willingly expend in such a matter. The agencies reportedly involved in the probe ranged from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and multiple state police departments to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and additional entities.

That federal involvement merits a spotlight, given that weapons charges are often filed in federal court. That is what resulted in the above-cited case.

That can bode badly for a defendant, as we duly note on a page of our website addressing weapons violations at the established St. Louis criminal defense firm of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry. We stress therein that federal criminal charges linked to weapons violations “carry hefty penalties including sizable firms and lengthy prison sentences.”

The above defendant’s 200-month incarceration term in a federal facility certainly qualifies as a harsh outcome.

The bottom line with alleged criminal activity involving a weapon is that criminal law outcomes can be applied in a progressively heightened way, especially if federal authorities are involved.

Questions or concerns relating to a weapon-linked arrest or charge can be addressed to attorneys at a proven criminal defense law firm.