According to the FBI, Isaias Gonzalez, 25, Denver, pleaded guilty on July 25 to pointing a laser beam at two helicopters while he was visiting Los Angeles on September 6, 2012. One of helicopters belonged to the local news station KTLA 5. The other helicopter had the words â€˜Los Angeles County Sheriffâ€™ painted on the tail of the aircraft. Gonzalez later confessed to knowingly pointing a laser beam at the helicopters. He faces a maximum $250,000 fine and up to 5 years in prison.
â€œIgnorantia Legis Neminem Excusatâ€
As the saying goes, ignorance of the law excuses no one. This doctrine applies to old laws and new laws all the same. On February 27, 2012, new legislation was added to the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 that made pointing lasers at aircraft a federal crime, approximately 6-months prior to Gonzalezâ€™s incident. While there is no justification for pointing a laser at plane and potentially putting lives at risk, is it entirely possible that Isaias Gonzalez was unaware that the act was a federal crime?
If you or someone you know has been involved in a similar incident, contact a Denver Criminal Law Attorney. They can explain the law, understand your option, and answer any questions you may have.
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