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I'd been arrested for having a knuckle duster in my bag and a very small hammer in the UK, I have had previous for weapons but none for 8 years. Could you tell me if Iam likely to go to prison. Many thanks

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UK, London, 2 days ago

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Iam out on police bail, a fine, prison would mean I'd lose my job

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Good job, happy home life, not of a drink problem but Iam in counselling for that

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Was it a knife last time?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Bladed item, there was a knife in my car
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
But it wasn't charged as offensive as it was part of my tool kit

If this is a knuckle duster then you won't meet the mandatory minimum as it isn't a blade.

however, if you are caught with a blade again it will be the mandatory minimum of six months and it won't matter how long ago the first was.

the reality is that they will probably find a way around custody. Knuckle dusters are offensive per se which tends to upset the courts. A hammer has an innocent purpose but, when carried with a knuckle duster, probably fits the criteria for a weapon!

But since it is not a blade they will probably suspend it.

Can I clarify anything for you?

Jo

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
That's what I was hoping for, would it be worth while getting a solicestor to attend with me
Many thanks

You would probably get legal aid.

You would certainly be entitled to use duty.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Ok thanks for the help

No problem and all the best.

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