Weapons offences include the unlawful possession of ‘weapons’ as defined by law. This includes certain types of knives and firearms.
Ignorance of the law is no excuse. The courts will often see people who have purchased weapons being charged with weapons offences. This is even when they wrongfully believed that they were lawful to purchase and possess. Unless an offender knew how to research and navigate the law they might never know that it was, in fact, unlawful to possess such an item.
A very dangerous area of weapons offences involves the mandatory imposition of actual terms of imprisonment for certain offences. This applies even to people who have no prior criminal history. Therefore, extreme caution must be exercised in this area (including firearms offences) to ensure that all options are explored. This should be carried out before pleas of guilty are entered.
We at Cridland & Hua are highly experienced in this aspect of law. Contact us today to inquire in regard to legal counsel and representation.
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