Carrying a knife has legal consequences and actually makes you more likely to hurt yourself
- Carrying a knife can mean 4 years in prison, even if you don’t use it.
- You can get a criminal record just for carrying a knife.
- Carrying an offensive weapon like a knife is a serious offence, carrying for self-protection is not a defence.
- Countries such as the USA and Canada may not allow someone with a criminal record in, even if just on holiday.
GETTING CAUGHT WITH A KNIFE WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE
If you are found in a public place (includes school and educational facilities) with a knife or blade and you are 16 or over, you will likely be charged to court on the first offence; if you are aged 10-15 the starting point is a Youth Conditional Caution (YCC).A second offence for a youth in possession of a knife or blade is Charge to Court.
The Wiltshire Police have a great section on their website Stop knife crime with all sorts of information about how you can get help.
A second offence for a youth in possession of a knife or blade is Charge to Court.
A conviction or YCC can impact your ability to apply for certain jobs, further education or travel.
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Remember that if it is an emergency or a critical situation, you should always call 999