Hosting a party and guest start shooting outside to celebrate. Damage to a neighbors house Am I criminally liable?

Asked 9 months ago - Cleveland, OH

There was a huge new years eve party at my house. As the ball dropped Shots were fired in our backyard at the lawn People outside were told to leave. police came stating the neighbors called and said their house was shot. The house wasn't searched and no ticket. My husband explain to the officer what happen they advised him to apologize and give the neighbors a couple hundred dollars. Arrangements were made to fix damage. nothing else until he was pulled over for headlight and had a warrant for discharging a firearm at or in a habitat or school. My husband wasn't shooting how can he be charged? We need advice on this situation. Can these charges be dropped or reduced?

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  1. Christopher Lee Beck


    Contributor Level 19


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . They have to prove that your husband fired shots. Your husband and you need to stop talking about this case with anyone and retain an attorney for your husband immediately. This is an extremely serious charge.

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  2. Peter Stephen Kirner

    Contributor Level 16

    Answered . I agree with counsel. The state / city needs to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that your husband committed the crime. So, yes these charges can be dropped or reduced. They could also convert them to a felony if they want to push. Hire an attorney. Good luck.

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  3. Andre Robert Belanger

    Contributor Level 11


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . You should get a lawyer because from the facts given, if your husband was unaware and did not participate in the shooting, it does not sound like a good criminal case. But, he could be civilly liable. Quick intervention by capable counsel is in order.

  4. Kevin H. Pate

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Hire counsel. In the morning is not too early.

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