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What a Charge of Custody of Knife in Public Place Means

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Under section 11C of the Summary Offences Act 1988 (NSW), a person must not, without reasonable excuse, have in his or her custody a knife in a public place or a school.

The maximum penalty is 2 years imprisonment or, 20 penalty units, or both.

What are the defences to a charge of custody of knife in public place?

On a case-by-case basis, our specialist criminal lawyers at the Australia Legal Practice may be able to defend a charge of custody of a knife in public if:

For example,

You satisfy a reasonable excuse provided in section 11c(2) of the legislation. Meaning custody of a knife is reasonably necessary in the following circumstances:

  • 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

Additionally, it is essential to note that it is not a reasonable excuse to be in possession of a knife for self-defence purposes.

Options when charged with custody of a knife in a public place

Subject to your circumstances, you may choose either to:

  1. Plead guilty – Admit to committing the offence and breaking the law
  2. Plead not guilty – Deny committing the offence and breaking the law


If you decide to plead not guilty, our experienced criminal lawyers will vehemently protect your rights so that you get the best possible defence.

The best way to get off a charge of custody of a knife in public place is to contact our experienced criminal lawyers. Our solicitors at the Australian Legal Practice have extensive experience and specialise in criminal charges. We provide tailored advice and are armed with the right knowledge to fight your case.

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