The effect of mandatory sentencing is that the legislation imposes a requirement for a court to sentence a person to a minimum period of imprisonment (in actual custody) if they plead guilty or are convicted of an offence attracting mandatory sentencing after trial. Given the effects of mandatory sentencing, the charges against you need to be carefully analysed so that your rights are being properly protected.
If mandatory sentencing does not apply, the penalties imposed for weapons act offences can vary, and is often dependent on the type of offence, the type of weapon, the circumstances of the offence, and the accused person’s conduct. Russo Lawyers are experienced at dealing with the legislation governing weapons offences and ensure the best outcome for our clients.
Going Armed in Public
The offence of going armed in public is regarded as one of the less serious weapons offences. The law provides that it is in an offence for a person to go armed in public without lawful occasion to cause fear to any person. The maximum penalty for this offence is two years imprisonment.
Unlawful Supply of Weapons
In Queensland, it is unlawful for a person to give, distribute, sell, administer, transport or offer to supply a weapon unless they are otherwise excused by law. Under the regulations, the term ‘weapon’ is afforded a very wide explanation. Unlawful supply of weapons, depending on the type of weapon allegedly supplied, is one of the charges that can attract mandatory sentencing.