Orphan Black may be a new show, but in its first season, it already has amassed a deep cult following thanks to the clever writing, intense drama and numerous plot twists. With the season finale coming up this Saturday, fans everywhere are wondering one thing: What will happen when the police catch up to Sarah, as seen in the ad for the upcoming episode? While the show is certain to throw in some interesting plot twists, here is what could happen if this story were unfolding in real life, according to San Diego criminal lawyer Peter M. Liss.
First, a little summary of Sarah’s criminal behavior. The show opens with Sarah watching a girl that looks exactly like her jump in front of a train. Without hesitation, Sarah grabs the girl’s bag and heads off the subway with it. She soon heads to the home of the dead woman, Beth Childs, and does a little snooping into the other woman’s life. When she sees that Beth has 75,000 pounds in her bank account, Sarah impersonates her in order to get her hands on the cash. To do so, she convinces her foster brother to ID the body in the morgue as her own.
In the process of trying to collect Beth’s money, Sarah gets sucked into Beth’s world, quickly discovering the deceased woman was a police officer under investigation for a civilian shooting incident. She also learns that there are more women who look exactly like her and that she is actually a clone and that someone is trying to kill them off. When one of the clones, Katja, gets shot in her car, Sarah hides the body.
After the body is uncovered, mostly mauled by a rock grinder, she takes advantage of her spot in the police force to hide evidence that would allow police to identify the body. Soon after, she leaves the force and the police finally realize that Sarah is alive, impersonated Beth and helped delay the identification of Katja’s body.
While Sarah is involved with many other crimes in the show. We will only be focusing on the crimes that the police seem to know about in the upcoming episode. additionally, while these law violations are examined by a San Diego criminal lawyer and the majority of the show takes place in England, most of these crimes would be the same regardless of location.
Obviously, Sarah’s first crime is theft. Even if Beth set her bag on the train platform and then jumped, it was still illegal for Sarah to take the bag. Entering Beth’s property would be considered trespassing. It could also be argued that Sarah’s entry of the home would be burglary because she most likely entered with the intention of taking anything valuable from the dead woman’s home.
Of course, visiting the bank pretending to be Beth would be identity theft and depending on the local law, she would also be facing theft or burglary charges for trying to take Beth’s money from her account. When she is spotted by Beth’s partner, Art and chooses to keep pretending to be Beth, her identity theft would then become impersonating a police officer, particularly considering that she maintains the ruse later on during the investigation into Katja’s murder. Sarah would also face charges for hiding Katja’s body (though the police do, at least, know she didn’t kill the German girl), and for tampering with evidence to slow identification of the body.
Obviously, these crimes are enough to leave Sarah behind bars for a very long time, no matter where she is arrested, but a good San Diego criminal attorney could still come up with a strong defense for the girl, and possibly even a plea bargain.
While there was no real legal excuse for Sarah to pretend to be Beth and try to steal her money, from the moment she realized her life was in danger, she did have some justification of her behaviors. This means that charges related to her tampering with evidence and her continued impersonation of a police officer could be dropped or reduced because she was acting purely out of fear for her own life. Even so, there are still a lot of charges there for Sarah to face.
That’s why, given what Sarah learned throughout the duration of the series, it would be more advantageous to a San Diego criminal lawyer to work towards a plea bargain that would involve a greater federal or international crime agency, such as Interpol. As Sarah, Beth and the others were all unwitting subjects in a illegal cloning trial, the girls would be the main players in helping to bust those who were committing such major crimes. Sarah would also be the only one who would be able to turn over Helena, who has killed four of the other clones. Her aid in catching and trying the serial killer would no doubt help her get more of her charges dropped.
Unfortunately, even if these deals did work, the fact that Sarah had a criminal record, even if it mostly involved minor crimes, would likely mean that even the best criminal lawyer in San Diego would still not be able to get all of her charges dropped. Still, cooperating with the investigators to put her serial killer sister behind bars and to stop a group that performed illegal cloning experiments and spied on their subjects throughout their lives would not only help Sarah avoid some prison time, but also keep the world safer for children like her little Kira.
If you have been accused of any type of crime in San Diego, but, like Sarah, you were acting out of self-preservation or if you believe you could help authorities solve a much greater crime, a San Diego criminal lawyer may be able to help you get the charges against you reduced or dropped. Please call San Diego criminal attorney Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation today.