Our criminal barristers specialise in knife crime offences.
Knife crime is a major problem in the UK. In the year ending March 2021, there were 41,000 offences involving knives or sharp instruments in England and Wales. Many of these cases involved minors.
Faced by both the statistics and mounting public pressure to reduce knife crime, new Sentencing Council guidelines led the courts to impose harsher and longer sentences for those convicted of/pleading guilty to offences involving knives or other offensive weapons.
This means it is even more vital that clients can call on criminal barristers who specialise in knife crime to advise and represent them.
Areas of Criminal Law
Our criminal barristers have long been asked to represent clients accused of knife crime. They are already hugely familiar with the new guidelines relating to knife crime offences which became effective from 1st June 2018. We can guide clients through every stage of the legal process from pre-charge advice through to representing them in court and, if necessary, lodging an appeal against a conviction or against a perceived miscarriage of justice.
Which knife crime offences can our criminal barristers help you with?
Our criminal barristers have extensive experience in representing clients accused of every type of knife crime including:
- Possession of an offensive weapon in a public place
- Possession of an article with a blade or point in a public place
- Possession of an offensive weapon on school premises
- Possession of an article with a blade or point on school premises
- Threatening with an offensive weapon in a public place
- Threatening with an article with a blade or point in a public place
- Threatening with an article with a blade or point on school premises
- Threatening with an offensive weapon on school premises
- Unauthorised possession of a knife or offensive weapon in prison
We also know how best to proceed if the accused is or was under 18 when the offence was committed and ensuring their sentence meets the relevant Sentencing Children and Young People guidelines.