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Having legal expertise supporting you throughout a knife crime allegation, or through a case involving knife crime is key. Avoid unnecessary complications within the legal processes and reduce your stress as much as possible with DPP Law’s 35 years of legal advice and experience.
Knife crime and possession of an offensive weapons
The way a knife crime is defined depends on a number of different factors, from the type of weapon you’re found in possession of, to the intent and even the location you had it in.
Knife crime offences and cases can become complex, as the type of weapon you are found to have can fall under two different types:
- Possession of an offensive weapon.
- Possession of a bladed article.
An allegation of being found in possession of an offensive weapon is defined as either a weapon made purely for the purpose of causing harm, adapted to cause harm or being carried with the intent to cause injury.
A bladed article is more straightforward and is defined as an object that has a blade or a point. If it’s a pocket knife, it must be more than three inches long if you’re to be found breaking the law.
This type of offence is much more difficult to defend and you’ll need an expert to guide you, as once you are found in possession of these items you are guilty of the offence unless you can prove that it was being carried for work, as part of a religious costume or national dress.
DPP Law’s expertise is key to navigating charges for carrying a knife
Our knowledgeable team can easily handle any type of knife crime offence, understanding the complexities of these types of cases.
Our legal time can support you from the point of arrest
Being arrested is a distressing experience and the chaotic atmosphere can lead you to say and do things that may harm your defence against an allegation.
Remember you don’t have to answer any police questions without your solicitor present, along with being entitled to free legal representation. Getting in touch with DPP Law as soon as you can is the best way to ensure your legal defence is water-tight and you have the right support from the beginning.
Knife Crime Sentencing Guidelines
The sentencing for violent crimes, and more specifically knife crime, have become harsher due to public concerns. Firmer legislation for the courts has led to the maximum sentence to be raised to four years, and any fines you receive are unlimited.
Sentencing guidelines for knife crime, including possession of an offensive weapon or bladed article are much harsher if you injure someone or use a knife to commit a crime. Under 18s can expect a caution rather than a prison sentence, however, this isn’t guaranteed and having experts supporting you is recommended at this point.
Overall, there is a mandatory minimum sentence of six months in custody for anyone found guilty of using a weapon to threaten someone.
How DPP Can Help?
The UK legal system has been concerned about the rise in knife crime for a long time, and as a result, the consequences of being found guilty are harsher than ever.
According to the criminal justice act of 1998, the maximum sentence is now 4 years and an unlimited fine. To determine a sentence, the court will consider the degree of culpability and harm, and having DPP Law’s 35 years of experience and a legal team of experts support you will bring you the best outcome.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which Knives Are Illegal To Possess?
There are a number of different types of knives that are illegal to possess including stilettos, switchblades, throwing knives, butterfly knives and gravity knives. Folding knives, also known as penknives, are also illegal if they have more than one cutting edge or have an overall length of more than 28cm when deployed. Any knives that are disguised, such as a belt knife or a sword cane, are also classed as illegal weapons.
Can You Carry A Knife For Self Defence?
No. You can carry a small knife providing it doesn’t lock into place or measures less than 28cm – however, your intent behind carrying it can lead to you committing a crime. Self-defence is not an acceptable reason to carry a knife, due to the intent to use it as a weapon.
Can A Bladed Article Be Under 3 Inches?
A bladed article is still defined as such regardless of its length, or if it’s under three inches. However, it also doesn’t have to be sharp to be identified as a bladed article. For example, a blunt butter knife is defined as a bladed article, that is under three inches and has no point or cutting edge. The only exception to this rule is a folding pocketknife, however, they also have their own limitations to be deemed ‘legal’.
What Is A Reasonable Excuse For Carrying A Knife?
A reasonable excuse for carrying a knife is defined by the law as ‘self-defence where the threat perceived is immediate or imminent as opposed to general or enduring’.
Get in touch with DPP Law for help with a knife crime today
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