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Unusual situations need an innovative criminal defense strategy

A drone hovering over a Kentucky backyard was no match for the homeowner’s shotgun. The 47-year-old waited until the drone and its attached camera were hovering directly over his swimming pool deck where his 16-year-old daughter was sunbathing before he fired and brought the mechanical intruder to the ground.

The appearance of the drone’s owner at the drone-slayer’s home was soon followed by the arrival of police officers. The property owner was charged with first degree criminal mischief and first degree wanton endangerment after his arrest by the police.

Situations arise all the time in everyday life that can lead to violations of the criminal laws. Some of them, such as the downing of a drone by an irate property owner, might not seem to be serious enough to warrant criminal prosecution. Unfortunately, such situations can lead to a criminal charge that could have long-term consequences.

Jail, probation, community service and fines are only a few of the penalties a person may face if convicted of committing a crime. If the charges are a misdemeanor or a felony, they would leave a person with a criminal record that could limit future employment opportunities and have other consequences later on. Being represented by a criminal defense attorney can serve to protect the rights of a person against whom allegations of criminal activity have been made.

Allegations of wrongdoing that result in a person being charged with a crime call for an aggressive criminal defense. A person facing criminal charges should arrange for a consultation with a Bowling Green criminal defense attorney for legal advice and guidance.

Source: WDRB, “Hillview man arrested for shooting down drone; cites right to privacy,” Ryan Cummings, July 30, 2015

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Michael J. Thompson, Attorney at Law

16360 Fort Campbell Blvd.
Oak Grove, KY 42262
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