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Man Receives Probation for Flying Drone

In a case that may set precedent for years to come, a Los Angeles man has received three years of probation for flying his remote-controlled drone too close to a police helicopter. In addition to 30 days of community service, the man was forced to give up his drone to law enforcement, and will now be banned from owning or operating any drone for the full three year probationary period.

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The Initial Arrest

The man was arrested on August 27, after police found him controlling the drone from a parking lot in the Hollywood area. The police were searching for a subject who was thought to be armed with a deadly weapon, and brought out a helicopter to aid in the search. The man’s drone veered too close to the helicopter, forcing it to “make an evasive move” and eventually give up on the search.

Is this a Dangerous Precedent?

On November 19, the man pled no contest to one count of interfering with a police investigation. This is just the latest development in a serious of drone-related legal run-ins; just last month, a student in Kentucky was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment after he crashed a drone into a football stadium.

While it absolutely makes sense that drone operators should use these devices in a safe and responsible way, there is much ambiguity about the legality of using these devices. One major issue is that average users are likely unaware when they breach restricted airspace, such as that around major stadiums. This is an issue that some lawmakers are already trying to address, and will likely continue to be a hot topic for years to come. Until then, our Harrisburg criminal defense lawyers will stand by the side of those facing excessive and unfair charges.

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