Firearms and Weapons Offenses
The Criminal Code contains numerous offences relating to the possession and use of various types of weapons including firearms, as well as requiring courts to increase sentences for numerous offences if the Crown proves that a weapon or firearm was used. In addition, recent changes to the Criminal Code make it much more difficult to obtain bail if the Crown can show that a firearm was used during the offence that has been charged.
Because of these provisions, bail hearing and criminal trials can become particularly hard-fought and the consequences to the accused are much higher. Experienced counsel can be the difference in such hearings and trials, and can sometimes work with the Crown to reach a compromise in which the Crown agrees to drop allegations of the use or possession of such weapons or firearms.
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