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Weapons and firearm offences are the most complex of all the laws, mainly because there are so many factors that come into play with this type of charge. The most important thing, if you are being charged with a weapons offense, is to act quick, exercise your right to remain silent and contact a lawyer to prepare for a contested bail hearing.
The complexities of this charge stem from the fact that you can face an individual firearms charge or one that is related to another offence. Either way, a Weapons Offences Lawyer will have the knowledge to navigate through the maze of this section of the law.
The most common cases we see are:
In the most general of term, a weapon is defined as something used with intent to cause harm. It goes without saying that a firearm is considered a weapon, but even something as simple as a knife, baseball bat, or even a rock can be categorized as a weapon if used to hurt any member of the public.
Within the law itself, weapons are divided into categories: restricted, non-restricted and prohibited.
Even if you have legal ownership of a non-restricted firearm but the weapon itself does not meet the regulations of the Firearms Act you can be charged with a weapons offence like careless use or possession of a firearm that is unauthorized.
If you are charged with a possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition or trafficking of weapons, the sentence is severe, if convicted.
The sentences for possession of a weapon is prison time up to a maximum of 10 years.
The complexities of this law mean that there need to be proof that the weapon needs to be defined as just that. That means a knowledgeable Firearm & Gun Charge Lawyer can challenge whether the article in question even qualifies as a firearm.
Depending on the situation, there a variety of defenses that can be used to reduce the penalty or obtain a withdrawal of the charge. Most people don’t know that a plea bargain is often an effective tool to get charges withdrawn.
With the right representation, you may be able to avoid jail time and a criminal record, if you are being charged with a weapons charge, call or text What The Law at 647-295-6499 immediately to establish the best defense for your case.
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