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Causing Danger with a Firearm

Your options:

Plead not guilty:

In order to be convicted of this offence, the police must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:

  1. You possessed an unregistered firearm in a public place or in any other place so as to endanger the life of another person; or
  2. You fire a firearm in or near a public place; or
  3. You carry or fire a firearm in a manner likely to injure, or endanger the safety of yourself or any other person or property or with disregard for the safety of yourself or any other person.

If any of the above elements cannot be proven beyond reasonable doubt, then you will be found not guilty of the offence.

Further, you will be found not guilty of this offence if you can satisfy the court that you had a reasonable excuse for possessing the firearm or firing the firearm or that you possessed or fired the firearm for a lawful purpose. Other defence available include,

Our experienced criminal lawyers will advise you of your prospects of successfully defending any charge brought against you and fight to have you found not guilty of the offence.

Plead guilty:

If you agree with what the police are alleging against you, the way to get the best result is often to plead guilty as it demonstrates remorse and contrition as well as meaning that you will be entitled to a discount on your sentence. Alternatively, it may be the case that one of our experienced solicitors can negotiate with prosecutors for you to plead guilty to a less serious charge.

The offence of Causing danger with a firearm carries a maximum penalty of $5,500.00 and/or 2 years imprisonment in the Local Court and 10 years imprisonment in the District Court. Causing danger with a firearm is considered an extremely serious offence. We advise that you contact one of our solicitors immediately if you are charged with this offence.

Generally, penalties that a court can impose for any criminal offence in NSW are: