The offence of Firing at dwelling houses or buildings is found at section 93GA of the Crimes Act 1900.
If you are charged with the offence of Firing at dwelling houses or buildings, your options will normally be to plead guilty or not guilty.
Pleading not guilty
You will be found not guilty of the offence of Firing at dwelling houses or buildings if the police cannot prove beyond reasonable doubt:
- You fired a firearm.
- At a dwelling house or other building.
- With reckless disregard for the safety of another person.
If the police are able to prove the above elements beyond reasonable doubt, you will still be found not guilty if any of the following defences can be established:
Contact our offices in Sydney or Blacktown to organise a time for one of our criminal lawyers to advise you of your prospects of successfully defending the charge of Firing at dwelling houses or buildings.
If you agree that you have committed the offence (and the police are able to prove so), it is best to plead guilty as you will normally receive a discount on sentence and it will demonstrate remorse and contrition. Alternatively, it may be the case that one of our experienced solicitors can negotiate with prosecutors for you to plead guilty to less serious facts or even a less serious charge.
Firing at dwelling houses or buildings, carries a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment in the District Court; however, this penalty is typically reserved for the worst offenders. Firing at dwelling houses or buildings is a serious offence and if you are charged with it you should contact our office immediately.
Penalties that a court can impose in NSW are: