Two local Indian River County men were arrested recently after they took turns shooting at an empty beer box. The men’s ages are 64 and 46. Sheriff’s investigators reported that the two parked a vehicle off of a dirt road near Interstate 95. That’s when they began firing off rounds at the box. A Sheriff’s spokesman said that the men admitted to shooting the gun. As there was no berm or backstop at the site, the spokesman said that bullets went flying past an open pasture near 82nd Avenue where more than 20 children were celebrating a birthday party. That pasture was an estimated 3,600 feet away. A man who had attended the birthday party had the back window of his pickup truck shot out by one of the men. Nobody was injured by the gunfire.
As per Indian River firearm arrest lawyer Jeffrey H. Garland, Florida Statute 790.15(1) makes it illegal to knowingly discharge a firearm in a public place or on or over the right-of-way of any paved public road, highway, road or street. It is also illegal to discharge a firearm over an occupied premise. The offense is a first-degree misdemeanor that is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine not to exceed $500. The offense can be upgraded to a third-degree felony if a firearm is discharged from a vehicle. That offense carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. If the firearm discharge from the vehicle occurs within 1,000 feet of any person, an alleged shooter can be charged with a second-degree felony that is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. A variety of defenses are available in both misdemeanor and felony charges of discharging a firearm in public.
If you or somebody close to you has been charged with a Florida firearm violation, contact Indian River criminal defense lawyer Jeffrey H. Garland at (772) 242-6380. You can also use his easy contact form at https://www.treasurecoastlawyer.com/contact-us. Mr. Garland has been providing the highest level of legal services in Florida criminal cases since 1981.