Discharging a Weapon Within City Limits
Discharging a weapon within city limits is one of the more serious city ordinance violations in North Carolina. Given the nature of the charge and the usual involvement of a firearm, the District Attorney's office is typically less inclined to dismiss the charges. This violation can involve the use of other weapons besides a firearm, such as a crossbow. The circumstances surrounding the discharge of these weapons can create safety concerns for the community. The safety of people within the city is typically why cities such as Charlotte, Concord and Gastonia limit the use of such weapons. Smaller more rural communities it is not an issue, because safety is not commonly an issue. There are some exceptions to this ordinance, however, and those occur in situations where the city council has made special approval, or if the weapon is being discharged at a licensed shooting range/facility.
If you have been issued a city ordinance violation discharging a weapon within city limits, the penalties can range anywhere from fines to probation to jail. First-time convicted violators will face fines up to $500.00 depending on the specifics of the situation. Additionally, discharging a weapon within city limits violations may be issued multiple times for as many separate days as the offense was committed by an individual. This can add up to major financial penalties, especially if there are a high volume of violations that occur over a period of time, rather than a one-time scenario. The most severe part of the penalty is the conviction itself. A conviction would stay on your record for at least 15 years if not your lifetime. It is important to talk to a criminal attorney at the Olsinski Law Firm about your case and see how we can help.
Discharging a weapon within city limits is not the most serious offense on the books, but that does not mean it won't have adverse consequences to your life if you are convicted. We have a Charlotte criminal defense attorney and a Concord criminal lawyer at the Olsinski Law Firm, PLLC available to speak with anyone who has been assessed a violation of this type, as we have experience in representing many individuals who have violated city ordinances or regulations. We have experience handling all types of city ordinance violations as well as more serious offenses such as DWI/DUI and armed robbery. Our firm understands the importance of avoiding a penalty for these allegations.
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If you have been accused of discharging a weapon within city limits, contact a lawyer with the Olsinski Law Firm, PLLC as soon as possible.