Drive-By Shootings in Washington
In recent years, drive-by shootings have become a prevalent concern across the United States, including the state of Washington. On the evening of May 18th, a man who was traveling westbound on State Route 520 changed lanes at the same time as a white sedan after which he changed back. The man explains that some words were exchanged and then a gunshot went off, he then looked back and saw that the driver was holding a gun. These were one of 3 drive-by shootings that have taken place in a 3-day span, with none of the assailants being identified.
Drive-By Shooting charges can carry serious consequences, and understanding what to do if you are charged with such a crime is imperative to protecting your freedom and future. Hiring an experienced lawyer is going to be the best course of action if you are charged with any crime, as they will help guide you to what your next steps should be. The Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer has a team of highly skilled attorneys that will defend you to the fullest extent of the law in court, they will work hard to protect your future and freedom.
Understanding Drive-By Shootings
A drive-by shooting refers to the act of discharging a firearm from a moving vehicle with the intent to cause harm or injury to another person or property. This type of crime is often associated with gang-related activity or other criminal enterprises. The prevalence of drive-by shootings raises concerns about public safety, community well-being, and the effectiveness of existing legal frameworks in addressing this menace.
Prosecution and Penalties
Drive-by shootings are taken seriously by law enforcement and prosecutors in Washington state. Conviction for this offense can result in severe consequences for the defendant. The penalties imposed will vary depending on several factors, including the severity of injuries caused, the defendant’s criminal history, and any related charges. Let’s examine potential penalties:
Drive-By Shooting: Drive-by shootings are classified as class B felonies. Upon conviction, individuals may face imprisonment for a term up to 10 years, fines up to $20,000.00, or both. The court may also impose additional conditions, such as probation, community service, or mandatory counseling.
Collateral Consequences: In addition to criminal penalties, individuals convicted of drive-by shootings may face long-lasting collateral consequences. These can include restrictions on firearm possession, limited employment opportunities, and damage to personal and professional reputation.
Washington state has enacted comprehensive legislation to combat drive-by shootings and hold perpetrators accountable for their actions. However under Washington law, drive-by shootings are typically prosecuted with accompanying offenses, depending on the circumstances. Let’s explore some key aspects of the legal framework:
Assault and Homicide Laws: Drive-by shootings often result in injuries or fatalities. In such cases, the perpetrators may face charges under Washington’s assault and homicide laws, depending on the severity of the harm caused. These charges can also carry severe penalties in addition to the Drive-By Shooting crime.
Felony Firearm Possession: Drive-by shooters are likely to possess firearms during the commission of the crime. If a defendant has prior felony convictions or is otherwise prohibited from possessing firearms, they may face additional charges related to illegal firearm possession.
How We Can Help You
Drive-by shootings represent a serious threat to public safety in Washington state. By understanding the legal framework and penalties associated with this crime, we can reinforce the message that such acts are prosecuted harshly by the state. We also want to underline that everyone has a right to an attorney, no matter the circumstances. The Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer offers quality defense and service, guiding you every step of the way.
Call the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer at (360) 334-6277 today and schedule a free and confidential consultation with one of our highly qualified attorneys.