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Plead not guilty:
In order to be convicted of this offence, the police must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:
- You either sold, purchased, possessed or used a firearm;
- At the time, the firearm was not registered.
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 did not know, or could not reasonably be expected to have known, that the firearm concerned was unregistered, and you were not the owner of the firearm at the time of the alleged offence.
If the above elements can be proven beyond reasonable doubt, you will still be found not guilty if any of the following defences can be established:
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.
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 Selling, purchasing or using an unregistered firearm carries a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment in the Local Court and a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment in the District Court. Selling, purchasing or using an unregistered 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: