If convicted, most firearms offences carry a custodial sentence and some have a mandatory minimum custodial sentence. It is therefore important that you obtain advice from a solicitor as soon as possible if you have been accused of illegally possessing a firearm or firearm ammunition.
There is zero tolerance in relation to the possession of firearms and other weapons such as guns, pistols, rifles, CS gas canisters and stun guns. There is a large number of such weapons in circulation and possession is strictly controlled. Sometimes, even an unwitting purchase from the internet of a stun gun disguised as a novelty item (such as a torch or key fob) can result in a 5 year mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment. Expert advice is understandably crucial.
A firearm is defined by the Firearms Act 1968 as “a lethal barreled weapon of any description from which any shot, bullet or other missile can be discharged.” As such, some innocently held air rifles are caught under the legislation.
There are a number of technical defences available other than the most commonly encountered defence of lack of knowledge of possession. Our solicitors work with forensic experts in firearms and rigorously challenge prosecution expert reports on the constitution of the definition of a firearm.
If you are accused of possessing a weapon, you need immediate advice before interview as the interview can often be decisive in term of prospects of success.
We can provide expert advice and representation if you face proceedings for any firearms offences including:
We represent clients in police stations and courts all over England and Wales
Legal aid may be available subject to status. If you are not eligible for legal aid, or if you choose to fund your case privately, we find most clients prefer to do so on a fixed fee basis.
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Dave Courtney O.B.E
Warwick Crown Court
I was charged with serious offences of Kidnap, Firearms and was at risk of receiving a lengthy prion sentence. Thanks to the hard work GQS put into my case, I was found not guilty.
Birmingham Crown Court [July 2017]
I would like to say a massive thank you for representation at the Crown Court. I was found not guilty after trial. Brilliant Team !!
Birmingham Crown Court- June 2017
I was found not guilty of a shooting that I did not commit. Thank you GQS for all your hard work from me and my family.
Birmingham Crown Court- January 2018
I was represented at the police station, thanks for the proper advise, no further action was taken against me.
Solihull Police Station. 7.01.18
My husband was expecting to go to prison for a Fraud offence, against all the odds the Judge went outside the sentencing guidelines and was gave him a suspended sentence. Thanks to the support and advice from GQS we can now carry on living with our lives.
Inner London Court 10.01.18