Most people are aware that it is a criminal offence to have in their possession an offensive weapon or knife in a public place. This is a very serious offence and the maximum sentence is four years in prison.
In July 2021, the Offensive Weapons Act brought into force some new special provisions which created a new offence of possession of an offensive weapon in a private place. This new offence essentially makes it a crime to have certain weapons, even in your own home.
The relatively new offence, which can be dealt with only in the Magistrates Court, can result in imprisonment of up to six months, a fine or both.
The legislation defines the types of weapons which are now an offence to possess in private. It includes a knuckle duster, sword stick and certain other types of knives, swords and weapons. There are some exemptions to the legislation where such items are possessed in private and Churchers has experts on hand to advise you about this.
At Churchers we have a specialist team who regularly deal with all types of offensive weapons cases. Our lawyers are highly experienced in dealing with these matters in both the Magistrates’ and Crown Court.
If you are facing a criminal investigation or proceedings for any offensive weapons charges or would like more advice or information then please contact our criminal defence team.
Representation at the police station is free and legal aid may be available for Court proceedings. We also offer both face to face and video fixed fee appointments.
If you want to get in touch with a member of the criminal defence team, please call 02392 820 747.