Canadian Criminal Sentencing/Offences/Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose

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Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
s. 88 of the Crim. Code
Election / Plea
Crown Election Hybrid
Jurisdiction Prov. Court
SC Judge + PI (I)
SC Jury + PI (I) (536(2))
Summary Dispositions
Avail. Disp. Discharge (730)

Suspended Sentence (731(1)(a))
Fine (734)
Fine + Probation (731(1)(b))
Jail (718.3, 787)
Jail + Probation (731(1)(b))
Jail + Fine (734)

Conditional Sentence (742.1)
Maximum 6 months jail or $5,000 fine
Indictable Dispositions
Avail. Disp. same as summary
Maximum 10 years
Offence Elements
Sentence Principles
Sentence Digests


Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose
(2) Every person who commits an offence under subsection (1)

(a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years; or
(b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 88; 1995, c. 39, s. 139.



Ancillary Orders[edit]

  • Weapons Prohibition (109 or 110)
  • Forfeiture of weapon (if seized)
  • DNA Order

Recommended Probationary Terms[edit]

  • not to possess weapons, firearms, ammunition or explosives