What is the offence of causing danger with a firearm?
The offence of Causing danger with a firearm is found at section 93G of the Crimes Act 1900.
If you are charged with the offence of Causing danger with a firearm, your options will normally be to plead guilty or not guilty.
Pleading not guilty
You will be found not guilty of the offence of Causing danger with a firearm if the police cannot prove beyond reasonable doubt:
- Possessed a loaded firearm or loaded speargun in a public place; or
- Possessed a loaded firearm or loaded speargun in any other place so as to endanger the life of any other person; or
- Fired a firearm or speargun in or near a public place; or you carried or fired a firearm or speargun in a manner likely to injure any person (including the accused) or in a manner likely to endanger the safety of any person or any property or with disregard for the safety of any person (including the accused).
You will he found not guilty of this offence if the you satisfy the court that you had a reasonable excuse for possessing it or doing it or possessed it or did it for a lawful purpose.
If the police are able to prove the above elements beyond reasonable doubt, you will still be found not guilty if any of the following defences can be established:
Contact our offices at Sydney, Parramatta, Blacktown and Redfern to organise a time for one of our criminal lawyers to advise you of your prospects of successfully defending the charge of Causing danger with a firearm.
If you agree that you have committed the offence (and the police are able to prove so), it is best to plead guilty as you will normally receive a discount on sentence and it will demonstrate remorse and contrition. Alternatively, it may be the case that one of our experienced solicitors can negotiate with prosecutors for you to plead guilty to less serious facts or even a less serious charge.
Causing danger with a firearm, carries a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment in the Local Court and 10 years imprisonment in the District Court; however, these penalties are typically reserved for the worst offenders. Causing danger with a firearm is a serious offence and if you are charged with it you should contact our office immediately.
Penalties that a court can impose in NSW are:
- Section 10 – No conviction recorded
- Section 9 – Good behaviour bond
- Community service order
- Section 12 – Suspended sentence
- Intensive correction order
- Home detention
- Full time imprisonment
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