Possession of a Weapon
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Oshawa Lawyers Handling Possession Of Weapons Charges

In Canada, it is an offence to possess a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public’s peace or for the purpose of committing a criminal offence. The Criminal Code of Canada does not define the word “weapon” other than to mean a thing “used, designed to be used or intended for use in causing death or injury to another person or for the purpose of threatening or intimidating any person”. By this open definition, a weapon could be anything, depending on what purpose it is believed to be being used.

Some objects are clearly weapons, such as firearms. Other items which were not designed to be weapons, such as a baseball bat or bottle, can be used as weapons depending on the circumstances. An additional category distinguished by the Criminal Code is “prohibited weapons”, which contains a list of objects which it is illegal to own or possess for any purpose. These items have no other use, other than as weapons, and have been classified as dangerous by the Canadian government. The following are some examples of prohibited weapons:

  • Switchblades
  • Pepper spray
  • Brass knuckles
  • Crossbows
  • Throwing stars
  • Nunchaku
  • Spiked Wristbands

Defence Against A Range of Weapons Charges 

Possession of a weapon dangerous to the public can result in a jail sentence of up to 10 years. A conviction for possession of a weapon can have a lasting and dramatic effect on your life. For a first time offender without a criminal record, it may be possible to avoid jail time or a criminal record with the assistance of a strong advocate.

When you schedule an appointment with one of the experienced Oshawa defence lawyers at Affleck & Barrison LLP, we will meet with you to discuss the particulars of your case and will assist you in determining the best defence strategy for your case. We will handle your case with diligence and expertise.

Contact Durham Region Lawyers Defending Weapons Possession Charges

Whatever the nature of your offence, Affleck & Barrison LLP can help. To learn more, contact us online today for free a consultation with one of our Oshawa lawyers handling possession of weapons offences. We maintain a 24-hour phone service at 905-404-1947 and accept cases by private retainers and Legal Aid. Trust our experienced lawyers to handle your defence with diligence and expertise.