While Christmas brings out the giving spirit in many people, it also makes others feel like they are lacking something in their life. In some cases, this longing for more results in criminal activities. The film Bad Santa portrays two such people, who seek out mall Santa jobs every year in order to steal from the stores where they work. While the movie ends with a happy ending, the characters in the film probably wouldn’t be so lucky. Attorney Peter M. Liss explains knows it doesn’t play to be a naughty St. Nicholas.
The two main characters in the film, Willie and Marcus, take advantage of seasonal Santa and elf positions in department stores to case the shops and gain easy access to their expensive merchandise and cash stored in the store’s safes. Obviously this is a crime, but while most people think it would qualify as robbery, it is actually considered a burglary since no one was harmed or threatened in the break in and the purpose of their illegal entry is to commit a felony. The crimes would probably also carry vandalism and grand theft charges. Additionally, Willie robs a vehicle, drives drunk, evades the police and commits assault and battery on a minor.
If the two were busted in California, they would need one heck of an attorney to fight the charges. If the two were found guilty, they could face up to three years imprisonment for each count of burglary, three years for each count of grand theft and Willie could face another ten years for all the crimes he commits on his own. While a skilled defense lawyer could help minimize the penalties faced by Willie and Marcus, chances are they would still be convicted of at least a few of the charges, especially if the prosecution was able to use Willie’s confession-filled suicide note as evidence.
Of course, Willie and Marcus would still be in way less trouble than the really bad Santa from Silent Night, Deadly Night -although that murderous Saint Nick would at least be able to plead insanity unlike the two thieves from Bad Santa.
If you find yourself in hot water this holiday season, remember, a criminal defense attorney like Peter M. Liss is critical to fighting any charges ranging from theft to drunk driving and even murder or manslaughter. Please call (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation.