Possession of a Firearm with Intent to cause Fear or Violence

Ashmans Solicitors – specialist lawyers representing UK suspects questioned on and defendants charged with possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence

The Firearms Act 1968 makes possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence a criminal offence. Similarly, both the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, s.4, and the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, s.32, make it illegal to harass and/or threaten violence to another person.

If a firearm is when you’re threatening someone, a court will likely increase your sentence.

Ashmans Solicitors have successfully represented many defendants accused of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence. 

Have you been approached by the Police on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence?
You can call Ashmans Solicitors’ on 03330096275 to speak to a professional, specialist lawyer. Alternatively, call our 24-hour emergency helpline on 03330096275.

Which firearms are banned in the UK?

In the UK, there are a number of firearms which are considered to be illegal if possessed by a member of the public. These are as follows:

⦁    Fully automatic/burst-fire weapons (may include some air guns)
⦁    Semi-automatic and pump-action rifles capable of firing centre-fire ammunition
⦁    Cartridge ammunition handguns
⦁    Firearms disguised so they can be concealed (i.e. those hidden inside walking sticks or mobile phones)
⦁    Rockets and mortars
⦁    Air guns chambered to fire self-contained gas cartridges
⦁    Any weapon which is capable of discharging noxious gases, liquids, or other substances (e.g. stun guns, pepper spray, tear gas)
⦁    Firearms which have been modified to be ‘permitted’ under current guidelines

If you are found to be in possession of any of these, as well as ammunition used to facilitate the firing of the weapon, you may be arrested and taken for questioning by the Police.

What is ‘possession’ and ‘intent to cause fear or violence’?

Legally, possession of a firearm does not simply mean the person in question is found to be physically holding the prohibited item. If you are in possession of a firearm, you could:

⦁    Have stored the firearm securely in your home
⦁    Have only been in possession of the firearm for a short period of time
⦁    Have been unaware you were in possession of the firearm

However, an ‘intent to cause fear or violence’ sentence will be longer than a standalone possession sentence.

A court can prove intent to cause fear or violence based on:

⦁    Your testimony/admittance
⦁    Witness testimonies (for example, a witness testifies that you threatened to shoot them)
⦁    Physical evidence (for example, the court saw photographs you sent the victim of a gun which you said you would use to shoot them)

Possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence sentences UK

The minimum sentence for possession of a firearm in the UK is 5 years’ imprisonment. This sentence could be increased based on the following factors:

⦁    Aggravating factors (e.g. you have previous convictions, the offence was committed while on bail, you caused significant fear or threatened violence to another person)
⦁    The firearm in question
⦁    Higher culpability (e.g. you were brandishing the firearm or carrying it in a public place)

Should I get a defence solicitor as soon as I am questioned or arrested?

Yes, you need to get in touch with a solicitor as soon as you are questioned or arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence.

Doing so will directly influence how long the investigation takes, the strength of your defence, and whether it even goes to court. Ashmans Solicitors work with gun-crime experts as well as colleagues and barristers who are experienced in this complex area of law.

Together, we can assemble data, evidence, and testimonials necessary to build you a strong defence.

Ashmans Solicitors – Specialist lawyers with experience in possession with intent to cause fear or violence

Need our help now over a possession with intent to cause fear or violence charge? Call 03330096275 (or our 24-hour emergency number 03330096275) to talk in confidence with one of the UK’s leading firearm possession 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.

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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).

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