Senath, MO asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Missouri

Q: Is armed criminal action a worse charge than unlawful use of a deadly weapon

My husband was murdered and the person who committed the crime was first charged with 2nd degree murder and unlawful use of a deadly weapon. Now the unlawful use of a deadly weapon is changed to armed criminal action and 2nd degree murder Which is worse? Armed criminal action or unlawful use of a deadly weapon?

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Rico Robinson
Rico Robinson
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: First and foremost, sorry for your loss. That is a terrible thing to go through. Every situation is different, but typically a person who is convicted of armed criminal action in Missouri may have to serve a prison sentence of at least three years. On the other hand, an unlawful use of a weapon charge in Missouri will typically result in 1-4 years prison time and fines up to $5,000. Again, every situation is different, but with the limited information given it may be safe to assume that an armed criminal action may be result in a worse sentence.

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