What are the Different Kinds of Weapons Offences?
The weapons offences set out in the Criminal Code cover a wide range of activity, from failing to store a weapon correctly to using a weapon in the commission of a robbery. Some examples of weapons offences include:
- Possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public peace;
- Careless use of a firearm;
- Possession of a firearm without a license;
- Possession of a prohibited or restricted weapon;
- Carrying a concealed weapon;
- Breaching a weapons or firearms prohibition order; and
- Weapons trafficking.
What are the Potential Sentences for Weapons Offences?
The sentence for a weapons offence can range from a discharge, which results in no criminal record, to up to 14 years in prison, depending upon the circumstances of the offence.
As many weapons offences carry mandatory minimum sentences—sentences that must be imposed upon conviction—it is important to consult an experienced criminal defence lawyer to explore your options before you consider pleading guilty. There may be more options available to you than you realize.
How can DUVADIE Law defend against your Weapons Charges?
In weapon offences cases it is often possible to challenge the means through which the police discovered the weapon. If, for example, the police found the weapon while conducting a search without a warrant, it may be possible to argue that the police did not have proper grounds to conduct the search and thus the weapon should not be admitted as evidence at trial. Please see our Search and Seizure page for more information.
It may also be possible to argue that you were justified in using the weapon as you were defending yourself or another person.
If you are facing a Weapons Offence charge, DUVADIE Law will vigorously scrutinize the prosecution’s evidence and raise all defences available to you.
If you have been charged with a weapons offence, please call DUVADIE Law at 613-422-1155 or Toll-Free at 1-855-422-1155 to set up your free 30 minute consultation.
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