Causing Danger with a Firearm Charges and Defence
Causing Danger with a firearm, like any gun related offence, is extremely serious. It puts you at serious risk of being sentenced to prison, potentially for a long time. Causing danger with a firearm offences can be beaten, especially if there is no DNA or fingerprints on the firearm. Most people do not walk around with a gun in their holster. It can be difficult for the police to prove a gun is yours if it’s found in a home or car used by more than one person.
Australian Criminal Law Group are experts in defending firearms charges and for these sorts of offences you need an experienced criminal lawyer to handle your case. It can be the difference between freedom and prison. Australian Criminal Law Group regularly get clients section 10s, no conviction and help them avoid serious penalties.
If you intend to plead guilty to Causing danger with a firearm, our criminal lawyers put together the strongest cases on sentence and only use the best counsel to lower the sentence and keep you out of jail.
How do I beat a charge of Causing danger with a firearm?
You will be found not guilty of the offence of Causing danger with a firearm if the police cannot prove beyond reasonable doubt you
- 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 be found not guilty of this offence if 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 you agree that you have committed the offence and the police are able to prove so, it is best to plead guilty. You will normally receive a discount on your sentence, and it will demonstrate remorse and contrition. 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 two years imprisonment in the Local Court and 10 years imprisonment in the District Court. 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.
The best outcome for sentencing, should you plead guilty, is to have no conviction recorded.
Why choose Australian Criminal Law Group?
Our criminal lawyers are experts at obtaining the best outcome possible for firearms offences. For these offences, a good lawyer can be the difference between a conviction and no criminal record and freedom or jail.
Joseph Correy represented a client charged with possessing a 9mm pistol. The case against him involved significant amounts of intercepted phone calls in which he was heard sourcing the firearm. Mr Correy obtained additional calls not initially disclosed by the police. These demonstrated that our client was in fear for his safety at the time he sought to obtain the firearm. Police records of a home invasion against him were also obtained. The sentencing judge found that our client was under significant stress at the time he sourced the pistol and did not send him to jail.
Joseph represented a man charged with two counts of possessing an unauthorised firearm, each carrying a sentence of 14 years imprisonment. The judge took into account that the man had given evidence in unrelated matters. The judge also found that him having the guns was for the purpose of protection. Even though still illegal the judge took this into account and gave a two-year suspended sentence.
One of our criminal lawyers represented a young man charged with possessing 8 prohibited firearms. He was stopped by police and the firearms were found in his car. Evidence was called to establish that our client had no criminal associations or criminal record. It was established that he was a keen hunter and firearm enthusiast who had legally obtained the weapons. The court accepted our clients’ actions. They were not typical of similar cases where there is a risk that the firearms will be used for illegal activity. The court accepted that the weapons formed part of a collection exclusively used for otherwise legal hunting. The court imposed an intensive correction order and did not send our client to jail.