Just two days before Christmas, tragedy struck in Minnesota when a shootout left a 19-year-old teenager fatally shot. According to initial reports, the incident occurred at the Mall of America.
Everything appeared to be going normal with a huge swarm of holiday shoppers when suddenly an altercation appeared to break out between two different groups.
At some point, police believe that someone pulled out a firearm and began discharging it towards the 19-year-old victim. The 19-year-old was shot multiple times, and an innocent bystander’s jacket was grazed by a bullet. While the actual shooting only lasted about 30 seconds, the shockwaves continued for hours. As you’d expect, the shooting immediately caused panic and chaos at the Nordstrom store. A lockdown was initiated, and it was at least an hour before anyone was allowed out of the crime scene.
The Police Chief in charge of the investigation, Booker Hodges, has made a statement to the public urging the gunman and the others involved to immediately turn themselves into police. He also made it clear to the public that anyone caught aiding and abetting the gunman will face criminal charges as well. He was clear and direct with this threat, saying – “I mean so much as buy them a Happy Meal, give them a ride… we’re going to lock you up with them.”
Firearm Crimes in Las Vegas
As is clear by the Police Chief’s statement, violent firearms crimes are taken extremely seriously in Minnesota. This same strong stance on gun crime is in Las Vegas, too, so if you get accused of committing a firearm-related crime in the area, then it’s in your best interests to hire an attorney.
Getting convicted of a felony firearm-related crime in Las Vegas could result in the loss of some of your Constitutional rights. You could lose the ability to legally possess firearms. What’s more, you could lose the ability to vote in elections, hold public office, and participate in jury duty.
The only way to avoid these consequences is to avoid a felony conviction. If you’ve been charged with firearm crimes in Las Vegas, then it’s wise to consult with a defense attorney ASAP.
What Happens When You Get Arrested for a Violent Crime?
In Las Vegas, when you get arrested for a violent firearms-related crime, you’ll immediately get taken to jail. From there, you’ll go through a booking process where your fingerprints are stored, your mugshot is taken, and your charges are officially levied against you. Then, you’ll get taken to a holding cell until a judge is available to set your bail.
Considering that you’re charged with a violent firearm crime, there’s a good chance the judge will set a high bail amount. Unless you can meet that amount, you’ll have to wait for your trial date while behind bars. The best way to uphold your rights after an arrest is to get in touch with a defense attorney as soon as possible.
Contact our legal team now to learn more about your rights and options moving forward.