It can be surprisingly easy to find yourself on the receiving end of a firearms allegation. These are not limited to guns. Pepper spray, for example, is regarded as a firearm, as are tazers and stun guns, often sold legally abroad. The typical person accused of possessing firearms has never been in trouble with the police before, is not a ‘criminal’ in the true sense of the word and is often a victim of a simple misunderstanding of the law. But this misunderstanding can cost you dearly.
Our firearms lawyers deal with a wide range of firearm offences including Trading, Converting, Possessing, Using and Importing Firearms and Imitation Firearms. We can also advise on Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition Without a Lawful Certificate, Possession of a Firearm with Intent to Endanger Life, Possession of a Firearm or Imitation with Intent to Cause Fear or Violence.
A number of firearms offences carry mandatory minimum sentences. Many of these carry a 5 year minimum sentence unless exceptional circumstances can be identified. This creates a real challenge which requires the input of a specialist lawyer. The number of weapons cases we have dealt with gives us unrivalled experience in the area. We can provide you with the best chance of gaining a successful resolution to your case.
An offence relating to firearms, regardless of the type of weapon, is a serious offence with the possibility of a prison sentence if found guilty.
It is possible for some individuals to be exempt from prosecution for certain firearm offences such as the requirement to have a certificate to certify your possession. These individuals include those who are carrying on the business of a firearms dealer registered under the Act. It is also possible to have in your possession a firearm on behalf of another as long as they hold a valid certificate. Our expert solicitors will be able to advise you on your position and determine whether you may fall into this category.
We can advise you on your legal rights and provide assistance by drawing up your defence with the intention of reaching the best possible outcome.
Why use a solicitor?
- The law surrounding firearm offences is complex
- You will require an individual who has expert knowledge on this area
- A solicitor can represent you in court.
Why Watson Woodhouse?
- Our expert criminal solicitors can provide you with the best legal advice that is required if you are charged with any type of firearm offence.
- We will keep you updated on the progress of your case
- We will provide you with realistic expectations on the likelihood of success.
We are here to help
If you have been accused or charged with any of these firearm related offences, please get in touch with our specialist criminal solicitors.