Weapons – Discharge Firearm from Vehicle in Michigan

Discharge Firearm From Vehicle

Discharge Firearm from Vehicle is a felony in Michigan.  The charge applies to any type of vehicle, including snowmobiles and off-road vehicles such as ATV’s or 4-wheelers or mopeds.  One who fires a gun in a populated area obviously take the risk of harming others when firing a gun from a vehicle.  But hunters who knowingly endanger others by firing a weapon from a vehicle can also be convicted under this statute.

A key defense to this charge is that you did not endanger the safety of another person.  You cannot be convicted of discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle unless you put someone else in danger by your action.

If convicted of Discharging a Firearm from a Vehicle, you could face up to 10 years in prison, forfeiture of your weapon, and all the consequences of a felony in Michigan.

Discharging a Firearm from a Vehicle Causing Injury

Discharge Firearm from Vehicle Causing Injury involves injuring another person.  Anytime someone is physically injured by a weapon, the penalties are much higher.  In addition to proving an intentional firing of the weapon from a vehicle, the Prosecutor must prove the shot fired caused physical injury to someone.

If convicted of Discharging a Firearm from a Vehicle Causing Injury, you can face up to 15 years in prison.  You would be ordered to pay restitution to the victim.  Restitution means paying the victim for their medical bills, lost wages and other expenses incurred as a result of the injury.

Discharge a Firearm from a Vehicle Causing Death

If you fire a weapon from a vehicle and cause the death of another person, you will be facing up to life in prison.  This is a serious charge, and you need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.

If you are charged with a serious felony, call us immediately.  We carefully evaluate the facts of your case, and the charges filed against you.   As an experienced criminal trial lawyer, Patrick S. Fragel will design a strategy to defend against the charges.   Check out our Client Reviews and give us a call.