In order to be found guilty of custody of a knife in a public place, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt:
- That you without reasonable excuse;
- Had a knife in your custody;
- In a public place or school.
A reasonable excuse for carrying a knife does include self-defence or defence of another.
Possible Defences For Carrying A Knife
- Duress; and
Upon conviction in the Local Court, the maximum penalty is 2 years imprisonment and/or a fine of $2,200.
If you are charged with this offence, contact Benjamin & Leonardo Criminal Defence Lawyers for precise and honest legal advice. Your first conference is free.