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California’s penal code is often fairly complicated when it comes to navigating the legalese you’ll find there and trying to understand the law so that you can mount a successful defense of charges that you might be dealing with. But just because this process can be tiresome and confusing doesn’t mean it has to be. In this post we’re going to look at some definitions, punishments, and possible defenses involved in the charge known as sightseeing at the scene of an emergency. In the process, I think you’ll agree that we’ll end up getting a much simpler look at what the law is so we can be that much closer to helping you avoid a potential conviction. So first of all, let’s have a look at some of the definitions for this charge.
Definitions for Sightseeing at the Scene of an Emergency
The actual legal definition of this particular crime is made up of what are known as the elements of the crime. These involve going to or stopping at the scene of an emergency, doing so to watch emergency personnel as they go about dealing with the effects of an emergency situation, you did so while emergency vehicle were trying to get to the scene, as a result you impeded the emergency personnel from doing their jobs properly, and being there at the scene of the emergency wasn’t an official part of your duties at your place of employment. So that covers it as far as definitions are concerned. Now let’s get into punishments for this crime.
Punishments for Sightseeing at the Scene of an Emergency
Luckily, this charge is only considered to be a misdemeanor under California penal code. The potential punishments for this charge involve a misdemeanor probation, as well as up to six months in county jail, and/or a fine of up to $1,000. While this isn’t an especially serious charge, it can still serve as a major inconvenience, especially when you consider a conviction can really hurt your wallet, or even take away six months of your life that you’ll never get back. For those reasons, it’s important that you get the right attorney for your particular case, one who can take advantage of all the possible defenses that exist when it comes to the charge of sightseeing at the scene of an emergency. On that subject, let’s get into these defenses right now.
Defenses for Sightseeing at the Scene of an Emergency
While this is a charge that’s commonly used by those first responders who are simply annoyed by your presence, there are a few defenses you can use to avoid jail time or a fine. One of these is to assert that you didn’t stop or stay at the scene of the emergency intentionally. Another defense is that you didn’t actually impede the first responders from doing their job. If you were simply gawking without causing a problem, there’ a definite defense against that.
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As you can see, the letter of the law isn’t quite so intimidating once you break it down into its composite parts and start to understand it piece by piece. While this isn’t the most serious charge in the world, it can still definitely have quite a large impact on your life. For that reason, it’s important that you get in touch with an attorney you can trust, one who understands the intricacies of the law and knows how to avoid a conviction for you. Get in touch with us today and we’ll provide you with that help.