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The offence of custody of a knife in a public place is a common charge in NSW Courts. What people do not know if that if you have a “reasonable excuse” to have custody of the knife, you can often defend the charges.

It is important that you know your rights before going to court.

Your Options

Plead not guilty

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

  1. You had in your custody a knife;
  2. At the time you were in a public place or a school; and
  3. It was without reasonable excuse.

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

If the above elements can be proven beyond reasonable doubt, you will still be found not guilty if you had a reasonable excuse to have custody of the knife. It is a reasonable excuse for a person to have custody of a knife, if they have custody of the knife for:

  • The lawful pursuit of the person’s occupation, education or training,
  • The preparation or consumption of food or drink,
  • Participation in a lawful entertainment, recreation or sport,
  • The exhibition of knives for retail or other trade purposes,
  • An organised exhibition by knife collectors,
  • The wearing of an official uniform,
  • Genuine religious purposes, or
  • The custody is reasonably necessary in all the circumstances during travel to or from or incidental to an activity referred to above.

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.

The offence of having custody of a knife in a public place or school carries a maximum penalty of a $2,200 and/or 2 years imprisonment.

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

Our client was caught with a knife at Brisbane airport, he was charged with possession of weapons under s 50 of the Weapons Act 1990 (QLD) which carries with it a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment.

Our client has prior matters on his record but has never been convicted before.

In preparing the clients case our solicitor gathered an affidavit and references on the clients behalf which showed that our client was a valuable member of the community.

The case was heard at Brisbane magistrates Court in front of magistrate Lock, in may 2015, the judge in this matter agreed with the submissions, made by our solicitor that the client was a valued member of the community who was engaged in full time employment.

Magistrate Lock decided to hand down a sentence which involved no conviction and only a small fine for the client.

These cases are extremely serious and often result in large fines or imprisonment, this result was fantastic, the client was extremely relieved.