When does what happens in one's home become a felony? For many, it is often a gray area requiring clarification. Most of us as Americans are raised to believe that our home is our castle, and we can conduct ourselves as we see fit behind the safety and privacy of our walls. Two Newmarket, New Hampshire, men facing felonies for firing shots at the home of one of the men are in the process of learning that there are limits to what one can legally do at home.
Last week, local police responded to an incident involving shots fired at a home on Salmon Street. Once there, authorities took two men into custody, including the owner of the house. Both of the men have received charges of felony reckless conduct for the shooting incident.
To make matters worse, a bevy of agencies responded to the scene, including the Newmarket Police Department, the New Hampshire State Police, the Seacoast Emergency Response Team, the Rockingham County Sheriff's Department and numerous other police officials. The surrounding neighborhood was evacuated during the incident and safety measures were employed to keep the area's children safe on the way to school.
The incident, which took place at about 6:30 a.m. on May 30. According to witnesses, multiple shots were directed outward from both the rear and the front of the house. The police reported that no one fired shots at responding officers and no one received injuries in the incident. The police held both men on cash bail of $ 7,500.
While most of us agree that shooting a gun can be dangerous, it doesn't mean we aren't entitled to the protection of our basic rights. These two defendants will benefit from a good criminal defense attorney who can clearly present their case and seek the best possible outcome for felony charges.
Source: Fosters.com, "Two men taken into custody at Newmarket shooting scene" Andrea Bulfinch, May. 30, 2014