You can be charged with deadly conduct for a number of different types of behavior. For example, you can be charged with deadly conduct if you recklessly place someone in imminent danger of serious bodily injury. For purposes of the deadly conduct statute, it can be alleged that you were reckless if you knew or should have known, the potential outcome of your conduct. If you shoot a gun at the front door of someone’s home, you know (or should know) that, in so doing, you could place someone in imminent danger. For example, if you’re driving down the street and you shoot a gun through the window of someone’s home, you know (or, at least, you should!) that a possible consequence of this action is to place someone in imminent danger of serious bodily injury, even if your intent was not to harm anyone. If you knowingly discharge a firearm in the direction of a person, a home, a building, or a vehicle, and it is alleged that you are reckless as to whether any of these is occupied, you can be charged with deadly conduct. If the allegation of deadly conduct doesn’t involve a firearm, the offense is classified as a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 1 year in the county jail and a $4000 fine. If a firearm is involved, it’s a third-degree felony, which could land you in state prison for between 2 and 20 years and get you fined up to $10,000.
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