The list of restricted and prohibited weapons in the Criminal Code is extensive. So are the regulations regarding the storage, transport and use of weapons.
The penalties for many offences, especially those relating to firearms, are very severe and are often mandatory minimum jail sentences of one or more years. If you are charged with, or under investigation for, a weapons or firearms offence, you need the prompt advice of an experienced defence lawyer.
I have defended hundreds of cases involving allegations of violence and/or the possession of weapons including:
- Murder or attempted murder
- Possession of prohibited firearms
- Discharge of a firearm
- Assault with a weapon
- Applications for firearms prohibition.
As many of these offences carry significant mandatory jail sentences, it is important to get advice early. The police often attempt to seize evidence, either with or without a search warrant and you must safeguard your rights as much as possible. Even if the investigation is complete, you have the Right to be Free From Unreasonable Search and Seizure and I can help you safeguard your rights by challenging the admissibility of improperly obtained evidence.
Early action also allows for timely discussions with the prosecution. If your case is the right one, it may be possible to resolve matters early without the imposition of the very severe mandatory jail sentences.
If you are a hunter or gun enthusiast, it may be possible to preserve your right to own and possess firearms. It may be possible to secure the release of your seized firearms.
I take an individualized approach to every case and explore every possible avenue to ensure that my clients get the very best result possible for their situation.