A ‘zero tolerance’ approach to firearm offences is taken by UK authorities, while the steep rise in knife crime means penalties for being caught with an offensive weapon are harsh. Early expert legal advice is therefore essential if you have been charged with such an offence.
The possession of a firearm – defined by the Firearms Act 1968 as ‘a lethal barrelled weapon of any description from which any shot, bullet or other missile can be discharged’ – is tightly regulated in the UK.
To be caught with a gun without a licence could see you jailed for at least five years, even if you did not know you had a firearm in your possession.
If the police find an offensive weapon on you, you could face up to four years in jail.
Some weapons such as flick knives, swords or machetes are considered offensive per se and you could be charged with possessing one even if you did not intend to injure someone. Other weapons, such as an axe haft or a work hammer could have an innocent purpose, but if the police believe you plan to use it to injure someone, you could face charges.
How we can help
If you are suspected or charged with an offence relating to an offensive weapon you will understandably be distressed and frightened. You will need an experienced Criminal Defence Team who understand what you are going through and will ruthlessly fight your corner.
Our specialist criminal defence solicitors are well used to defending allegations of offensive weapon and firearm offences, such as illegal possession or use of a firearm, possession of an imitation firearm or illegal conversions of weapons.
We will work tirelessly to build you a solid defence, sifting through all the evidence to help find proof of your claims.
We will accompany you to the crucial police station interviews to ensure you get the best legal advice and that your rights are protected. If you are charged, we will be with you throughout the court process, working hard to secure you bail and ensuring you have the top defence advocates to speak on your behalf.
We offer a variety of funding options including legal aid (depending on your financial situation and the seriousness of the offence) or you may wish to privately fund your defence. We offer fixed fees where possible to give you certainty from the outset.
At MW Solicitors, Our Mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone" including those arrested or charged with firearm or offensive weapon offences.