Hello Tracey my name is ***** ***** I will help you.
Do you have any other matters on your criminal record?
Just to be clear the blade is MORE than 3 inches long? Are you sure it can be locked and not just folded?
Thanks, ***** ***** this is illegal without good reason.
There are several options as you have said:1) A caution - but you have to ADMIT the offence
2) Court - that is for the Police to decide. The Court do NOT decide whether to prosecute, but the Police do.
In reality unless you have a reasonable excuse then you are likely to get a blot on your DBS check. This is because knife crime is taken very seriously indeed.
I realise this is not at the extreme end but if you have no convictions you may be offered a caution.
This will show on your DBS check for a limited time. But some offences are also filtered after a period of time and wont show.
As the offence took place in Herts then yes you have to travel there, that is normal procedure. If you have a good excuse you may be ok - I note you say you use it for food preparation, but unless you have containers of food etc with you, its unlikely they would accept this excuse.
I am sorry if this is not necessarily the answer you want and certainly not the one I want to give you, but I have a duty to be honest.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?Alex
No, thats normal. But it all comes down to whether you had a reasonable excuse. If you say you use it for food when you did not have any, then this does not help you.
But you need to show you had a reasonable excuse.
That is the key - does that help? Alex
It would be for the Police to show it folded and for the Police to show you did NOT have a reasonable excuse.
The burden is on the Police.Can I clarify anything for you? Alex
Generally you need to make a decision there and then yes.
Ok - the Police would need to prove (if it went to Court) that the knife was above the legal limit and also that it locked. Its for the Police to show the blade was illegal, not for you to show that it wasntDoesnt that clarify?Alex
If I could invite you to rate my answer before you go today please, otherwise the site does not credit me for the time spent with you today. Thanks and good luck. Alex