Netflix’s Luke Cage was a big hit with critics and fans alike. While the first season involves Cage taking down criminals Black Mariah, Cottonmouth and Diamondback, perhaps the most interesting aspect from a legal perspective is the fact that he was arrested at the end of the season for escaping from Seagate Prison despite the fact that Cage was framed for that initial crime. While there are a lot of crimes in the show, we’d like to focus on this one specific angle and what it would mean for Cage according to La Jolla criminal lawyer Peter M. Liss.
While many people assume that Cage would be cleared of his escape charge once it was revealed and accepted that Diamondback framed him for the crime that put him in Seagate, that’s not actually the was the law works. In fact, escaping from prison is a separate criminal offense in the United States. In California, for example, it is a felony and can result in a one year additional imprisonment -assuming the escape was non-violent like the one Luke was involved in. Even if your Mira Mesa criminal lawyer was able to have the original conviction reversed, you would still have to face charges for escaping prison.