Every day, teens prank each other. It’s part of growing up, but when someone ends up going to the hospital after a prank, the perpetrators may end up going to juvenile hall or even jail. When a prank turns dangerous, it is critical you contact a San Diego juvenile crimes lawyer as soon as possible.
In a recent news story, three teenage girls from Philadelphia are being tried with multiple crimes after exposing a girl with a known pineapple allergy to the fruit. The victim was rushed to the emergency room for her life-threatening allergy, where she was treated and released the same day. The girls who pulled the prank put pineapple on one girl’s hand and then high-fived the victim. Now the girl who actually passed on the allergen through skin-to-skin contact is being charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, simple assault, reckless endangering and harassment, while the two other girls who helped her are being charged with criminal conspiracy, reckless endangering and criminal conduct. While San Diego juvenile defense attorneys agree that some of these early charges will probably be dropped, they also believe they will absolutely face some serious charges for the prank.
Were the case in California, the girl who made the contact would also probably face battery charges and the two others would probably face aiding and abetting charges. While many people might suspect they could also face hazing charges, the fact that the prank was not part of an organized initiation ritual means it does not meet the requirements for those charges. Even so, if the girls are charged as adults, the total number of charges could result in decades behind bars. More realistically though, San Diego juvenile crime lawyers believe they will probably be tried as minors and be sentenced to probation or possibly a short time in juvenile hall.
This isn’t the first time an allergy has resulted in criminal charges, and it probably won’t be the last, which is why you should never prank someone with a known allergy or “test” someone who claims they have an allergy.
If you are a minor (or the parent of a minor) being charged with a crime or anyone who believes they may face criminal charges for exposing someone to a known allergen, San Diego criminal defense attorney Peter M. Liss can help. Please call (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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