Firearms and Weapons Solicitors

Ashmans Solicitors work with defendants facing questioning or charges in all areas of firearms- and weapons-related crime

 Ashmans Solicitors’ team of in-house expert have years of combined experience in this complicated area of law. We have successfully defended many clients accused of firearms and weapons offences. We work with people being questioned on, about to be questioned on, or who have been charged with:

• possession of a firearm or ammunition with intent to endanger life,
• possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence,
• possession of an imitation firearm, possession of an offensive weapon, and
• possession of a bladed article.

Firearms and Weapons Prosecutions

To find out more about Ashmans Solicitors’ specific weapons and firearms legal defence services, please on the link below most relevant to your current situation.

Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition with Intent to Endanger Life

Under the Firearms Act 1968, it is a criminal offence to be in unlawful possession of a firearm or ammunitions with intent to endanger life. Have you been arrested or questioned on suspicion of possessing illegal firearms or ammunitions with intent to endanger life?

You can be charged for:

⦁    Possession of unlicensed/unauthorised firearms or ammunition (Firearms Act 1968)
⦁    Possession of an item which can be used to damage or destroy property belonging to another person, or to damage your own property in a    way which may then endanger the life of another person (Criminal Damage Act 1971)

Courts can prove ‘intent’ to endanger life using evidence and witness testimonies.

Possession of a Firearm or with Intent to cause Fear or Violence

Have you been arrested or questioned on suspicion of possessing an illegal firearm with intent to cause fear or violence? You could be charged with the following:

⦁    Possession of an unauthorised/unlicensed firearm (Firearms Act 1968)
⦁    Putting people in fear of violence (Protection from Harassment Act 1997, s.4)
⦁    Harassment (Crime and Disorder Act 1998, s.32)

Possession of an Imitation Firearm

You can face imprisonment for possessing an imitation firearm, especially if it was used to commit an additional offence such as (attempted) burglary. Have you been arrested or questioned on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm? You could be charged with:

⦁    Possession of a realistic imitation firearm (Firearms Act 1968)
⦁    Possession of a readily convertible firearm (Firearms Act 1968 section 57.4)

If the imitation firearm was used to commit to facilitate a further offence, you may face other charges. For example, use of an imitation firearm during a burglary could result in a charge for Aggravated Theft under the Theft Act 1968 s.10.1.

Possession of an Offensive Weapon

Possession of an offensive weapon in a public place is illegal in the UK and may result in imprisonment. Have you been arrested or questioned on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon? You could face the following charges:

⦁    Possession of an offensive weapon in a public place (Prevention of Crime Act 1953 Section 1, Criminal Justice Act 1988 Section 139)
⦁    Possession of an offensive weapon on school premises (Criminal Justice Act 1988 Section 139A)

WIthout lawful authority or reasonable excuse, you could face a custodial sentence if you are convicted of the above offences.

Possession of a Bladed Article

Have you been arrested or questioned on suspicion of possessing a bladed article? You could be charged with:

⦁    Possession of a bladed article in a public place (Criminal Justice Act 1988 Section 139)
⦁    Possession of an offensive weapon on school premises (Criminal Justice Act 1988 Section 139A)

Importance of appointing a defence solicitor immediately

If you are approached by the Police on suspicion of a firearms or weapons charge, get in touch with a solicitor immediately. Many firearms and weapons charges lead to custodial sentences, so it’s important to appoint a legal representative as early in the proceedings as you can.

The sooner you contact Ashmans Solicitors, the quicker we can start building your defence.

How do Ashmans Solicitors build my defence case?

This area of law can be complex, so we work with expert witnesses – forensic scientists and other specialists – to make sure any evidence presented against you by the prosecution is thoroughly examined, both legally and technically.

Our solicitors will build you a strong and court-ready defence. They then present your case in court so that you have the best possible team behind you all the way through the judicial process.

Firearms and Weapons Offences Solicitors

Need our help now over a charge related to firearms and weapons offences? Call 01924 601 140 (or our 24-hour emergency number 01924 601 141) to talk in confidence with one of the UK’s leading controlled weapon crime defence solicitors, Ashmans Solicitors.

You can also use our free online enquiry form or email us at enquiries@ashmanssolicitors.com. We’ll get back to you very quickly.

We communicate in plain English with all clients. Depending on your situation, Legal Aid may be available.

CONTACT US NOW

Have you been arrested by the police or charged with any criminal matter? If so, call Ashmans Solicitors in confidence now on 03330 096 275 (24hrs).

Our expert lawyers are here to provide you with the very best in legal advice and representation 24 hours a day. You can also use our free online enquiry form or email us at enquiries@ashmanssolicitors.com .

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