What is Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose?

Using a weapon for a purpose that is dangerous to the public peace or for the purpose of committing a crime is prohibited by the Criminal Code. It is important to note that the courts focus on the purpose for which the weapon was used. Using a weapon in a manner that is merely dangerous to the public peace however, may not be illegal. It is important to understand this difference.

A weapon can constitute almost any object. For example, courts have held in the past that even broken beer bottles used in the context of a bar fight constitute a weapon.

The maximum term of imprisonment for this offence is 10 years.

What to do if I am charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose?

Since this offence is often determined by looking at the surrounding circumstances to infer why a weapon was used, it is extremely important to remain silent if you are arrested. Anything you say to police will likely be used against you.  Talk to a lawyer as soon as possible.  You have a right to speak to a lawyer upon detention or arrest, do so!

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