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True Story: A band                                           advertises their new single                                  ...
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If nobody else has                                                               ever told you thisThe Iowa man was charge...
True Story: While filming a  "Jackass" style video involving (it                                        In Texas, arson is...
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In Texas, some professional groups                                                             have rule-making authority ...
Sec. 12.34. THIRD DEGREE FELONY                                         PUNISHMENT. (a) An individual adjudged            ...
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Mostly misdemeanors. In Texas they Prank or Felony?                     could be charged with Criminal                    ...
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Presentation suitable for high school social studies or psychology class. Students look at pranks and stunts, pulled from real news stories. Students get practice reviewing the facts of a case and actual Texas law and rendering a legal opinion on what, if any, charges could be filed.

Suitable for in-class, homework assignment, after-school, church, library instruction. Visit the website for Texas TEKS alignment for §113.45. Psychology, §113.44. United States Government , §113.41. United States History Studies.

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  4. 4. True Story: A band advertises their new single "Traffic Jam" by blocking highway traffic with a very large truck, then performing atop it, a la Michael Jackson. The band members repeatedly refused to move when requested by police. One member takes the keysThe crime occurred in California; to the truck and drives awaythe band members were charged in another car; a tow truckwith a felony count ofconspiracy, two misdemeanor had to tow the truck out ofcounts of resisting police, creating a traffic.nuisance and false imprisonment. www.auntlee.com
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  6. 6. If nobody else has ever told you thisThe Iowa man was charged with filing a false before, listenreport with law enforcement officials, for calling now: if you makepolice without an emergency and two counts of a stupid mistake:fifth degree theft for ordering the cab and the Apologize.pizza without any intention of paying; all charges Respectfully.are misdemeanors. www.auntlee.comYou might be thinking to yourself, "Why are the police involved at all, and why criminalcharges for ordering pizza and not paying when one could just pay for the pizza?"I might actually agree with you.My educated guess is that in at least some of these cases, the perpetrators themselvesescalated the situation by being hugely unapologetic and possibly uttering phraseslike, "It was just a joke – whatcha gonna do, arrest me?"The first thing to wrap your head around is that the law has absolutely no sense ofhumor.
  7. 7. True Story: While filming a "Jackass" style video involving (it In Texas, arson is a second degree felony; (Tex. Penal Code § 28.02) seemed reasonable at the time) the actors could also be charged setting a playground slide on fire, with criminal mischief (Tex. Penal the fire burns out of control, Code § 28.03(b). causing $50,000 in damages. $50,000 in damages would constitute a third degree felony. Criminal trespass is generally a Class B misdemeanor. (Tex. Penal Code §In this New York case involving 30.05) It could be a Class Aprivate school youths 16 and misdemeanor, however, if: “theyounger, all were charged with person carries a deadly weaponfelony arson, criminal mischief, during the commission of the offense.” How would you classifyreckless endangerment and this? Would the gas and the matchtrespassing. constitute a deadly weapon? www.auntlee.com
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  9. 9. In Texas, some professional groups have rule-making authority and some lobby the state legislature for rules that govern their profession.This is as good a place as any to discuss the These rules change constantly; oftentimes professionalcollateral consequences of a felony conviction. In associations will take a strict stanceTexas, a felony conviction will result in jail time against licensing applicants with criminal convictions , thenand possible fines, but said conviction will also become more lenient and thenmake you ineligible to be a doctor, lawyer, or strict again.teacher.Maybe it’s not so very unexpected that you wouldn’t be able to become a licensedattorney with a felony conviction, but you may be surprised to learn that under Texaslaw this very day, with a felony conviction you would be ineligible to be a licensedathletic trainer, (Tex. Occupation Code § 451.251) a dental hygienist (Tex. OccupationCode § 263.001) a landscape architect, Texas Administrative Rule: 22 TAC 3.149(e) amarriage and family therapist (Tex. Occupation Code § 502.252) a physical therapist,(Tex. Occupation Code § 453.351) a realtor (Tex. Occupation Code § 1101.352). Thereare many, many more. www.auntlee.com
  10. 10. Sec. 12.34. THIRD DEGREE FELONY PUNISHMENT. (a) An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the TexasThink back to the kid who put the Department of Criminal Justice for any termwick in the perfume bottle at school. of not more than 10 years or less than 2 years. (b) In addition to imprisonment, anIn Texas, he could be convicted of individual adjudged guilty of a felony of theIllegal Weapons Possession on school third degree may be punished by a fine notpremises, a 3rd degree felony to exceed $10,000. www.auntlee.comOkay, so 2-10 years, a Just a few years ago the State Bar of Texas stated that the median price per hour of a Criminalfine not to exceed Defense lawyer in Texas was just under $200.$10,000, and kiss The kid with the perfume bottle was actuallygoodbye dreams of charged, remember, in real life in Minnesota. Whether he did jail time I can’t say for certain, butbecoming basically any it is almost certainly true that his parents paid thousands of dollars in legal fees to deal with thelicensed professional. situation, and probably nobody in the family got an iPhone that year.
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  12. 12. Mostly misdemeanors. In Texas they Prank or Felony? could be charged with Criminal Trespass, which is a Class B misdemeanor. Penal Code § 30.05. In Texas there is a special prohibition against trespassing on school grounds, a Class C misdemeanor. Education Code § www.auntlee.com 37.107.It would also be possible to becharged with cruelty to livestockanimals, depending upon the Real-Life Outcome: These New Jerseyspecific facts of the case. Penal high school kids were charged withCode § 42.09. The story does not trespassing and disorderly conduct.mention any damages, but if there There were also some questions about whether the chickens were purchasedwere damages Criminal Mischief or stolen; if stolen, obviously, theftcharges would apply. charges will come into play.
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