People v. GonzalezAnnotate this Case
Defendant was charged with one count of violating Penal Code section 247.5, discharging a laser at an occupied aircraft, after he shined a laser at an L.A. County Sheriff's Department aircraft. The trial court granted defendant's motion to dismiss the complaint based on double
jeopardy for a prior payment of a civil penalty to the federal government. The court held that defendant did not suffer an earlier criminal punishment in the form of the FAA penalty. Therefore, the court concluded that the state Constitution does not preclude the imposition of
punishment in this case if defendant is convicted. Accordingly, the court reversed the judgment.