When you have been charged with illegal use of laser pointers in West Palm Beach, you need a strong defense. Reducing or dropping the charges is key to avoiding a significant prison term and sizable fines that accompany a conviction. To do that, you need to hire an experienced criminal defense Attorney.
Our skilled legal team at Leifert & Leifert has decades of experience designing and executing strong defenses for our Clients. We focus on protecting your rights and preventing unlawful penalties.
Laser Pointer Laws
The State has specific laws related to the illegal use of laser pointers (also called laser lighting devices). According to Florida Statutes Title XLVI. Crimes § 784.062, when you engage in the illegal use of laser lighting devices in West Palm Beach, you may receive one of the following charges:
When you knowingly point a laser lighting device at a police officer performing their official duty, you have committed a noncriminal violation. This comes with a $500 fine and no prison term.
When you knowingly point a laser lighting device at a person operating a vehicle, vessel, or aircraft, you have committed a third-degree Felony. This comes with a $5,000 fine and up to five years in prison.
When you knowingly point a laser lighting device at a person operating a vehicle, vessel, or aircraft and this action causes bodily injuries, you have committed a second-degree Felony. This comes with a $10,000 fine and up to 15 years in prison.
Besides fines and a prison term, third- or second-degree Felony convictions can have collateral consequences, such as problems finding employment, renting an apartment, and social stigma.
That is why it is imperative to avoid or reduce charges before they turn into a life-changing conviction. At Leifert & Leifert, we use our experience, skills, and knowledge to fight for your rights.
Potential Defenses in a Laser Pointer Case
To counter charges related to the illegal use of laser pointers, our Attorneys in West Palm Beach leverage effective defenses that include:
- Coerced confessions
- Insufficient evidence
- Lack of intent
- Statute of limitations violations
To build a strong defense, our criminal defense team conducts a thorough investigation, collects evidence, and consults relevant experts. Since each case is unique, we may use a combination of defense tactics to maximize the chances of achieving the desired outcome.
What To Do After Receiving an Illegal Use of Laser Pointer Charge
When police arrest you for a Felony, it is often stressful and traumatic. People in West Palm Beach charged with the illegal use of laser pointers often make unfortunate mistakes simply because they do not have legal guidance.
The first step to take after the arrest is to call a criminal defense Attorney. The next step is to follow their advice. The faster a person charged with a crime contacts a Lawyer, the easier it becomes for us to drop or reduce the charges.
Speak to an Experienced Attorney About the Illegal Use of Laser Pointers in West Palm Beach
In most cases, the illegal use of laser pointers in West Palm Beach is a Felony accompanied by a prison term. To drop the charges or avoid an unfair punishment, you need to hire an experienced criminal defense Attorney.
The Leifert & Leifert legal team has over 50 years of combined experience in criminal defense law. When you or your family member is facing criminal charges, do not wait. Call us for a free consultation today.