What is carrying a concealed weapon?
You can be charged with carrying a concealed weapon, even if that weapon is simply concealed in a car that you have care and control over. The Crown Attorney in this situation, would not have to prove that you had the weapon on your person. The Crown Attorney would have to prove however, that you took steps to hide the object so that it would not be observed or noticed by others.
The meaning of weapon in this context is construed broadly, and would apply to switch-blades and brass knuckles (both of which are considered a prohibited weapons – you cannot legally own). You can even be charged with this offence even for concealing a steak knife or a hunting knife, if you were concealing that weapon for an unlawful purpose.
What are the penalties?
The maximum term of imprisonment for this offence is 5 years, however, frequently other charges are laid along with this charge, and your jeopardy for longer jail sentences can be increased. Contact my office to better understand just how much jail time you might be facing.
What to do if charged with concealing a weapon?
I am here to help you through the process of being charged with a concealing a weapon. My job is to make the process easier for you - to review your case in relation to the charge(s) you are facing - address the court when, and as necessary – deal with the Crown Attorney for your matter – and give you the best defence at trial, or plea resolution possible. Make sure you have a lawyer that understands the law and is prepared to act for you.
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