Prosecutors aggressively pursue weapon and gun crime charges. If you have been arrested or accused of committing a crime involving a weapon or firearm, it is important to get experienced legal counsel to protect your legal rights. We are well-versed in the criminal laws that regulate weapon use and possession, and keep up to date on this ever changing area of the law. We use this knowledge to defend clients who are facing weapon and gun crime charges. We handle a wide range of weapons cases, including defence against charges of:
- Being in possession of a firearm
- Unlawfully discharging a firearm
- Carrying an illegal and loaded firearm inside a vehicle
- Unlawful sale of a firearm
- Possession or sale of other illegal weapons such as switchblade knives, brass knuckles and martial arts weapons
What is a Weapon?
The term “weapon” is defined in section 2 of theCriminal Codeas follows:
“weapon” means anything used, designed to be used or intended for use
(a) in causing death or injury to any person, or
(b) for the purpose of threatening or intimidating any person
and, without restricting the generality of the foregoing, includes a firearm;
Whether or not an object will be considered to be a weapon by the Court may depend upon the design, or intended use of the object. Weapons might include: knives, baseball bats, and broken beer bottles. The Courts have also found unloaded BB guns to be weapons in certain circumstances. Because it is necessary to examine the intended use of an object, things that would not ordinary be considered a weapon, such as a chair, might become one if it is used to injure someone.
What are Prohibited or Restricted Firearms and Weapons?
The Criminal Code uses different language address both weapons and firearms. The Criminal Code addresses:
- • Prohibited Firearms
- • Restricted Firearms
- • Prohibited Weapons
- • Restricted Weapons
Prohibited firearms consist of handguns of certain barrel lengths, as well as those that are prescribed as prohibited firearms in the regulations. The detailed regulations under the Criminal Code list various types of handguns and automatic weapons.Restricted firearms include all handguns that are not overtly prohibited (often used at sport shooting competitions and clubs), certain guns with specified barrel lengths, and also a list of guns listed as restricted firearms in the regulations.Under the Criminal Code, weapons are to be distinguished from firearms.
Restricted weapons consists of any weapon, other than a firearm that is prescribed as such.Prohibited weapons include knives that have blades that open automatically, by way of a spring etc. (switch blades), as well as any weapons that are specifically prescribed as being a prohibited weapon.It is illegal in Canada to possess a weapon for any purpose deemed dangerous to the public’s peace.
As with any criminal offence, the penalties upon conviction of a weapons offence depend heavily on the circumstances and presence of any aggravating factors surrounding the offence. It also depends upon whether the mandatory minimum sentence provisions in the Criminal Code apply. There are a variety of weapons offences, and many offences – particularly firearm offences – carry minimum terms of imprisonment. The penalties if you are convicted of one of these crimes can have a devastating impact on your future.
There are some effective common defences to a firearm offence or other weapons offence, which is why it’s so important you hire an experienced criminal lawyer.
Wikipedia defines Juvenile Delinquency as an antisocial and illegal behavior by an adolescent or teenager. A term given to juveniles who commit criminal acts. A juvenile moreover is a person under the age of eighteen or those who are still a minor. When it comes to delinquency, a court is always involve in deciding on what age a minor falls, specifically when it comes to criminal offenses. Specific procedures are present in dealing with juvenile delinquency when it comes to legality such as detention centers for accused juvenile. These individuals are not mixed up with those accused adults. Moreover, juvenile delinquency is as good as Youth crimes, youth crimes is a major issue nowadays regularly mentioned in news and others. Furthermore, juvenile crimes can be a minor one or a more serious one like murder or felony. If ever a juvenile one commits a crime, he/she is tried in a court system which is very different from an adult one. If proven guilty he/she will be sent to a detention centers made just for them.
Juvenile courts and judges exist for juvenile delinquency exists. In most instances, juveniles who commit crimes are tried under the juvenile court that is more qualified to handle cases of juveniles compared to a normal court. The case is usually left there in the court for decision of the degree of risk the juvenile pose in the society as well as the benefits that the juvenile will get in the detention center if proven guilty. Finding an alternative means of rehabilitation for the child is one of the responsibilities of the juvenile court, this also to prevent future problem with the child. Majority of these cases, when the child reaches the age of eighteen, their crimes are usually wiped out, given that they haven’t committed any other crimes.
There is statistical evidence that juvenile offenders who have been convicted of assault are likely to repeat the crime in the future, making them a threat to society. The fear resulting from this trend can influence courts to punish the crime of juvenile assault very harshly. Some other information that is important to know about this juvenile crime includes the following:
- Assault performed by a juvenile is defined as the unlawful attempt of a minor to physically harm another person. Threats of violence can also constitute assault.
- Aggravated juvenile assault entails a more serious attempt at physical attack, such as making use of a weapon during the attempt at violence.
- The severity of the accused crime will influence whether the youth will be charged with a felony or misdemeanor. It will also determine the severity of the punishment.
- Another factor influencing the punishment is whether or not this is the youth’s first criminal charge. A youth with an established record of criminality will be more severely penalized than one without a record.
- The crime of juvenile assault can be punished with fines, probation, court mandated education courses, and incarceration in a juvenile facility.
If you or your child has been accused of this serious crime it is important you seek the assistance of an experienced legal professional who will help you defend your rights and freedoms.
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