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Reading into the penal code of California isn’t the most intuitive thing in the world. In fact, it sometimes almost seems like legislators crafted a mountain of legalese for the exact purpose of confusing people with complicated, often convoluted language. But just because it can be confusing doesn’t mean it has to be. In fact, in this post we’re going to break down the charges involved in shooting at an inhabited dwelling or occupied car by looking at some definitions, the punishments for the crime, and possible defenses that you can use to your advantage. I think by the end you’ll agree that the letter of the law isn’t quite so difficult to understand when you break it down into easily digestible parts. SO with that in mind, let’s get started with some pertinent definitions.
Definitions for Shooting at an Inhabited Dwelling or Occupied Car
To be guilty of this crime, you’ll have to have “willfully and maliciously” shot a firearm, and also shot the firearm either at an inhabited house, inhabited house car, or even an inhabited camper, or else shot a firearm at an occupied building, occupied aircraft, or an occupied motor vehicle. To commit the act willfully means that you did it on purpose, and to do something maliciously means that you intentionally did something wrong, or acted with the intent to defraud or injure someone else. Now that we’ve gotten a handle on the definitions involved, let’s go ahead and take a look at some of the punishments that are involved for this crime.
Punishments for Shooting at an Inhabited Dwelling or Occupied Car
Some examples of shooting at an inhabited dwelling or occupied car would be, for instance, if someone found out that their family member was assaulted, and then fired a warning shot at the property of whoever was responsible for the assault. Another example would be if someone shot at their own car while it was being stolen with the intent to stop the assailant. In terms of punishment for this crime, you’d be looking at a felony under California law. If you end up being convicted, you can face anywhere from six months to one year in county jail, or three, five, or seven years in California state prison. Along with possible prison time, you can also be fined with an amount of up to $10,000. So now that we understand what this law is all about, let’s figure out how you can go about defending yourself from a conviction.
Defense for Shooting at an Inhabited Dwelling or Occupied Car
When it comes to defending this particular charge, your attorney can help you avoid the consequences of this charge if you acted out of self defense, or else out of the legal defense of an accident, or if this charge was actually made as a false allegation. SO while this charge and the consequences of it are a bit steep, you have plenty of options when it comes to avoiding some of the stiffer legal consequences involved with a conviction.
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See? That wasn’t so bad after all. When you take the often complicated and confusing letter of the law of California’s penal code and break it down to easier to understand components, the whole process of understanding what the law means and then mounting a defense based on that knowledge becomes far easier in general. So if you’re currently facing any kind of legal troubles or feel like you will in the future, get in touch with us as soon as possible and we’ll help you out.