Charges involving gun crime, knife crime or offensive weapons require expert legal advice because of the potential complexity of the charges and the circumstances which may lead to an individual being charged.
Being in possession of a firearm may lead to a prison sentence – and simply carrying a knife or blade even if there was no intention to use it is also likely to result in prosecution.
From 17 July 2015, a “two strikes” policy has been introduced, whereby anyone convicted for a second offence of possession of a knife will face an immediate prison term or between six months and four years.
Youth offenders aged 16 and 17 will face a maximum sentence of four months and will be given a training order.
Owning a gun without a firearms licence is also likely to lead to prosecution – and carrying a blade or other item to be used in self-defence can also lead to criminal charges.
Other items may also be considered as offensive weapons, depending on the circumstances of arrest or stop and search – for example, a cricket bat, length of wood, DIY tool or a pointed item which if concealed may lead to criminal charges being brought
Duncan Lewis crime lawyers can advise at any stage of a charge involving gun and knife crime and offensive weapons – even before a charge has been brought, or if there is a likelihood of arrest or police interview under caution, including charges relating to:
Possible charges may also include disposing of a weapon that has been used in a crime – or concealing an offensive weapon for the purposes of crime. An individual who agrees to do this on behalf of another party or gang needs to take legal advice as soon as possible, including if a gang or other party is using their home to store guns or knives.
If a case goes to trial, Duncan Lewis violent crime solicitors can ensure that all evidence – including fingerprinting, DNA and witness statements – is prepared thoroughly and presented to the court to give clients the best outcome possible.
Duncan Lewis violent crime solicitors can also advise on gun/knife/offensive weapons charges involving youth crime, gang crime, suspects with mental health conditions and criminal cases involving offensive weapons used in self-defence, including domestic violence or child abuse cases.
It is advisable for clients to uphold their right to remain silent and not discuss the case with the police until a solicitor has arrived – Duncan Lewis duty solicitors are available nationwide 24/7, 365 days a year and can usually reach a police station within 45 minutes to advise on gun/knife/offensive weapons charges.
The Duncan Lewis Crime Department is ranked in Legal 500 2014 for its General Crime and White Collar Fraud Work.
Duncan Lewis crime lawyers have acknowledged expertise in case building based on a sound knowledge of the criminal justice system – and the ability to assemble compelling evidence and documentation in criminal cases involving gun and knife crime and offensive weapons.
Duncan Lewis represents clients at Police Stations, Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts, and at Appeal Courts such as the Court of Appeal – and has highly experienced Higher Court Advocates with a background in conducting serious matters such as murder and rape.
Clients do not have to wait until they have been arrested to contact Duncan Lewis about any criminal charges – our team can advise from the initial stages of a police inquiry, or if it is likely a client may be arrested to face a criminal charge involving gun and knife crime and/or offensive weapons.
Duncan Lewis crime lawyers can also advise on Civil Liberties matters such as wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and prisoners’ rights in custody – as well as advising on appeals against conviction or sentencing for violent crimes involving guns and knives or offensive weapons.
All Duncan Lewis violent crime solicitors are highly trained and highly experienced – and are dedicated to offering the best criminal defence services to our clients at police stations, courts and prisons.
There are Duncan Lewis offices nationwide – including more than 20 offices across London and the southeast and in all major cities across England and Wales.
A member of the Duncan Lewis criminal defence team can usually reach a client at a police station or court within 45 minutes to offer expert legal advice on all criminal charges and for police interview under caution.
We aim for the best possible outcome for clients facing charges relating to gun and knife crime and charges involving offensive weapons – call Duncan Lewis any time on 020 7923 4020 for expert legal advice.
For 24/7 help at a police station in England and Wales, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 020 7275 2036.
Duncan Lewis is a leading provider of Legal Aid criminal defence services –Legal Aid is means tested and may only be available in certain circumstances.
Duncan Lewis can advise further on Legal Aid at the initial client meeting.
In cases where a client may not be eligible for Legal Aid, Duncan Lewis violent crime solicitors offer competitively-priced fee levels for private client representation – with fixed fees and advance notice of any costs whenever possible.
In some criminal cases, after the event insurance may be an option and Duncan Lewis will advise on an appropriate level of insurance to cover the potential costs of defending a criminal case and to pay any costs imposed by the court.
Call Duncan Lewis Violent Crime Solicitors on 020 7923 4020 to discuss charges relating to gun and knife crime or offensive weapons.