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Changes in sentencing guidelines for bladed articles and offensive weapons

Post by: Rebecca Freitas 07/06/2018 0 comments 918 views

Bladed articles and offensive weapon possession sentencings are changed in the UK from 1 June 2018.

Under the new guidelines, located here: could see increases in sentencing levels especially when the offender has previous convictions for like offences. These guidelines apply to all Defendants sentenced on or after June 1st 2018 irrespective of when the offence took place.

Sentencing guidelines range from a Band C fine (150% of relevant weekly income) to 36 months in custody and therefore if you have been charged with possession of a bladed article or an offensive weapon we advise that you get immediate legal advice to obtain the best outcome possible.

The minimum terms for second or further relevant offence means that the court must impose a sentence of at least 6 months’ imprisonment where this is a second or further relevant offence unless the court is of the opinion that there are particular circumstances relating to the offence, the previous offence or the offender which make it unjust to do so in all the circumstances.

What happens if I am arrested?

 If you are arrested you are entitled to free and independent legal advice so ask for Ringrose Law at the Police station and we will attend as soon as possible.

What if I am charged after arrest?

The first question we will ask is whether the prosecution can prove the case against you. If there is a realistic prospect of fighting the case, then we will advise you of this, and let you decide how you wish to proceed.

If you decide that you should admit the offence, we will guide you through the Court procedure and represent you in court so that you receive the sentence that best suits your circumstances.

If you need expert legal advice then call Ringrose Law.

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