The classic monsters of horror films have been haunting us for nearly 100 years, but while they may make your skin crawl, they might not be the bad guys you believe them to be -at least under the law. Here’s how a few of the classic creatures of cinema might do if they were headed to court with a top Vista criminal defense lawyer at their side.
Frankenstein -There’s no denying that this monster caused a lot of destruction and deaths in his films, but as discussed in our article detailing the insanity plea, a Vista criminal attorney can use the defense if he or she had a mental disease or defect that prevented him or her from knowing or understanding the nature or quality of his or her actions or from being able to distinguish between right and wrong. Frankenstein (or rather, Frankenstein’s Monster) may have went on a rampage, but he did so more as a scared and confused animal trying to understand the world than as a human trying to do harm to fellow humans. In fact, many of the monster’s most horrible actions occurred as he was being tormented by fire, which he is utterly terrified of.
The Wolf Man -Like The Hulk, The Wolf Man is victimized by a condition that makes him temporarily insane and unable to evaluate and control his actions with his right mind. Also like The Hulk, institutionalizing him full-time for a personality he couldn’t control may constitute cruel and unusual punishment -particularly since his transitions are predictable enough that his containment could easily be limited only to the time when he presents a danger to the public. Because Larry Talbot seems genuinely upset by his actions as The Wolf Man, his Vista defense lawyer could even show that Talbot was willing to voluntarily institutionalize himself when he was going to turn into the Wolf Man, this would serve as further proof of his innocence.
Dracula -Unlike many other monsters, Dracula seems fully aware of his action and his willingness to enslave some and kill others makes him a difficult person to defend. That being said, his unique biology could offer an interesting defense to his criminal activities. For example, it’s possible he could be determined to be a non-human creature and in this case, it would be entirely possible that judges would agree that he may not be subject to our human justice system and may, in fact, belong to an endangered species that needs to be protected. Alternatively, scientists may determine that vampirism is a disease and that Dracula’s actions related to his condition are a form of insanity brought on by his sickness. Either way, it is likely that Dracula would not end up going to prison for his crimes.
Of course, people aren’t monsters, but just like these classic horror icons, everyone deserves a fair defense. If you have any kind of legal trouble, Vista defense attorney Peter M. Liss can help. Please call (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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