It is perfectly legal to carry a handgun while operating a motor vehicle in Mississippi, even if you do not have an open-carry permit or license. But as soon as you start discharging your firearm from a vehicle, you run the risk of serious legal consequences. This is of course known as a “drive-by shooting,” and Mississippi has its own specific laws that deal with this type of crime. What exactly constitutes a “drive-by shooting” in Mississippi? What are some examples of this in real life?
If you have been charged with a drive-by shooting in Mississippi, you need to get in touch with a qualified criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. With our assistance, you can strive for the best possible results and fight for your rights. Gun charges can seem daunting in Mississippi, but the truth is that your chances of a positive outcome might be better than you think. It is best to book your consultation with a defense attorney right away.
Mississippi’s Laws on Drive-By Shootings
According to Mississippi’s laws, a drive-by shooting occurs when someone causes serious bodily injury to another by discharging a firearm with “extreme indifference to human life” while in a vehicle. Note that you can also be charged with this crime if you use some kind of explosive weapon instead of a firearm. This is referred to as a “drive-by bombing.”
You should also know that simply attempting to injure another person during a drive-by is enough to convict you of this crime. This means that you could miss all your shots and still face penalties under this law. A drive-by shooting is considered a felony with a maximum prison sentence of 30 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
Examples of Recent Drive-By Shootings in Mississippi
Drive-by shootings are fairly common in Mississippi. On June 13th, it was reported that an elderly woman and a 5-year-old child had been shot in a drive-by shooting. They were sitting inside their home at the time. Authorities were not sure about who committed this act, although they did say they were investigating a possible lead. On that same day, it was also reported that another 5-year-old child had been killed in Jackson when a couple began arguing over money. The boyfriend discharged shots into the girlfriend’s car, killing the child.
On June 9th, it was reported that a man had been fatally shot in another drive-by shooting in Jackson. The incident occurred at around 5 AM, and police struggled to identify the victim or track down any notable leads.
Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today
If you have been searching for an experienced criminal defense attorney in Mississippi, look no further than Vic Carmody Jr., P.A. Over the years, we have helped numerous defendants with a wide range of legal issues, including those related to firearms. With our assistance, you can fight for your rights and mitigate any potential consequences you might be facing. Book your consultation today to get started with a solid defense strategy.