The Offensive Weapons Act 2019 (‘the Act’) has introduced a range of new offences and measures designed to tackle the blight of knife crime which is now reported in the press on a daily basis.
John Veale of Kangs Solicitors comments upon one of the measures namely, Knife Crime Prevention Orders.
Obtaining an Order | Kangs Offensive Weapons Advisory Team
- Part 2 of the Act enables an application to be made to the Magistrates’ Court/Youth Court by the Chief Constable of any force for such an order where:
- on a balance of probabilities, on at least two occasions in the two years prior to the application, the subject of the required order has had a bladed article with them without good reason or lawful authority,
- the order is required for the protection of the public,
- it is considered necessary to prevent the subject of the required order committing an offence involving a bladed article.
- A conviction is not required before an order can be made.
- The order can contain a wide range of requirements or prohibitions that are set out in the Act.
Penalties for Breach | Kangs Magistrates and Crown Court Solicitors
Breach of a Knife Crime Prevention Order carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment.
How Can We Assist? | Kangs National Criminal Defence Solicitors
Anyone arrested or who is being investigated in relation to any offence should seek immediate expert assistance and advice immediately.
If we can help you, please do not hesitate to contact our team through any of the following: