Weapons Offences and Sentences in Canadian Law
Weapons Offences and Sentences in Canadian Law

If you’ve been charged with a weapons related offence, you should consult a criminal lawyer in your local area immediately. The following is for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.

As a Toronto Criminal Lawyer, I have successfully represented countless individuals charged with weapons related offences. A common misconception many individuals have when charged with a weapons related offence is the fact that under the Criminal Code of Canada any object can be a weapon. For example, a seemingly harmless object such as an eraser can be a weapon.

Under the Criminal Code of Canada, a weapon means

  1. anything used, designed to be used or intended for use in causing death or injury to any person
    anything used, designed to be used or intended for use for the purpose of threatening or intimidating any person.
  2. The more pervasive weapons related offences that include firearms often carry a mandatory minimum sentence. Criminal Lawyers across the country have successfully challenged the constitutionality of certain mandatory minimum sentences and now it is up to the appellate courts to ultimately decide the constitutionality of such sentences.

If a weapon is used in the commission of a criminal offence, then it will often be treated as an aggravating factor upon sentence and a more severe punishment will usually follow.


In order to obtain the best possible outcome in your case, you need to hire a trusted criminal lawyer in Toronto as soon as possible. Having an experienced lawyer involved from the outset will ensure your rights are protected at every stage in the process.

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