Weapons Offences

  • Offences:

Weapons Offences are contained within a number of pieces of Queensland Legislation including the Weapons Act and the Explosives act. The offences range from the possession of explosives and weapons through to offences under the Criminal Code of going armed to cause fear. There are also offences of failing to secure weapons even though a person may be lawfully in possession of them.

  • Penalties:

The penalties imposed vary dependant upon the seriousness of the misconduct and the nature of the weopon. In relation to some charges in this class there is also an option for an accused to be declared a serious violent offender, which requires the person to serve 80% of the sentence imposed.

  • Defences:

There are a number of defences that are available to many of the charges in this broad category, dependant upon the nature of the charge. There are also numerous elements that the prosecution are required to prove in respect of possession and the like. It is prudent to obtain advice in relation to relevant defences specific to the facts of your case.

  • Court:

In many instances the offences at the lower end of the range are dealt with before a magistrate, however in relation to more serious allegations the district court will finalise the charge.

  • Gatenby criminal lawyers:

Gatenby criminal lawyers regularly appear in relation to dishonesty offences. We can provide you with advice as to prospects of success at trial, defences available and likely sentencing range.

 

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