What you need to know about the crime of a drive-by shooting

Whether it took place as a result of road rage, or it was connected to gang activityor was simply an attempt to intimidate another person, the crime of a drive-by shooting poses a serious threat to the liberty and the vehicle of the person charged with the crime.

A drive-by shooting is a Class 2 felony and is alleged to have taken place when a person fires a gun from a vehicle at another person, a vehicle or an occupied building.

Felony weapons charges, attempted murder or aggravated assault are all the types of criminal charges that may result when a drive-by shooting takes place.

Penalties for drive-by shootings carry a sentence of between 7 and 21 years.  Several things can impact the length of the sentence, most notably if someone was injured or not.  Another aggravating factor is if anyone under 18 years old was involved in the shooting.

Also, in a drive-by shooting, the car used in the commission of the crime is impounded and sold at auction, and the government keeps the proceeds.  It does not matter whether or not the owner of the vehicle used it in the commission of the drive-by shooting.  As long as the vehicle was used, it will be impounded.

Additionally, if a person is convicted of a drive-by shooting, they will lose their license for a minimum of one year and for up to five years.

Needless to say, the act of a drive-by shooting and the related charges it can bring are serious.  That’s why it’s important to retain an attorney experienced with drive-by shooting cases as soon as you can.

Dwane Cates Law Group proudly serves the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Tempe, Mesa and surrounding Arizona communities.

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