Facing Illegal Transport Of Firearms In Alberta?
The Criminal Code of Canada has undergone many changes in the last few years, some of which have raised the mandatory minimum jail terms for weapons charges. If you have been charged with any of the following, call us today:
- Possession of prohibited or restricted weapon
- Possession for purpose of trafficking weapons
- Misuse of dangerous weapons
- Carrying a concealed weapon
- Weapons trafficking
Information On Transporting Firearms Into Canada
Canadian law enforcement takes crossing the border with firearms and ammunition very seriously. If firearms aren’t disclosed to officials when crossing the Canadian border, you could be facing serious criminal charges and prison sentences if they are discovered.
American citizens found to be carrying a firearm (even with valid registration) while near the Canadian border for any reason can mean custody and being charged with an offense. Extended custody can be sought by the Crown, resulting in bail conditions or further custody.
Canadian and US law vary greatly. Under the Criminal Code of Canada, it states:
s. 95.(1) Everyone who commits an offence (possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm and/or readily accessible ammunition) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years.
The minimum punishments:
- In the case of a first offence, three years, and
- In the case of a second offence or subsequent offence, five years; or
- Is guilty of an offence punishable on a summary conviction and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year.
Facing Weapons Charges?
Call Trusted Calgary Criminal Lawyers
You should take all precautions when dealing with charges of possession of illegal firearms in Canada. The consequences of not having an experienced criminal lawyer can mean fines and, possibly, minimum prison sentences. Call Ryan Claxton’s law office and speak with a skilled weapon charges lawyer and see how can help your situation today 1-587-315-0447.