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Brent Sumner of The Sumner Law Group, LLC received a not guilty verdict for his client in the City of St. Louis. His client was charged with unlawful use of a weapon for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. In Missouri, it is against the law to carry a concealed weapon without a concealed carry permit. See Missouri statute 571.030 for more details on the law.
The state of Missouri charged The Sumner Law Group's client with carrying a gun concealed in his backpack. Mr. Sumner took the case to trial and the jury came back with a not guilty verdict in twenty minutes.
Mr. Sumner argued that the gun was "not readily accessible," which is an element the state of Missouri must prove beyond a reasonable doubt in a concealed carry gun case. Mr. Sumner also argued for the jury instruction of emergency justification. The theory of the case presented by the defense was that the defendant was forced to conceal the gun in his bag because of an emergency situation that presented immediate harm to the defendant and others. This defense was successful with the jury.
Please contact The Sumner Law Group if you have been charged with a felony in the state of Missouri. We handle drug and gun cases along with other felonies. The legal team at The Sumner Law Group are experienced criminal defense lawyers in St. Louis and we have the track record to prove it. Ask around about our trial lawyers and our ability in the court room to win cases.
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