There’s a lot going on in The Big Lebowski, from themes of existentialism to a pure and simple love of bowling, but the basic story line involves “The Dude” getting mixed up in the kidnapping of Mr. Lebowski’s wife, Bunny -a kidnapping which ends up being completely fake. Here’s what could happen to those involved, courtesy of Escondido criminal lawyer Peter M. Liss -and in this case, that’s not, just like, his opinion, man.
Obviously, Mr. Lebowski nor the nihilists couldn’t be charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment or torture (someone’s toe was removed after all) since Bunny actually just drove off to Palm Springs for the weekend and the toe actually belonged to a girlfriend of one of the nihilists. San Marcos violent crimes attorneys agree that all of those involved did commit fraud though -the nihilists in lying about the kidnapping to start with and Lebowski in using the kidnapping to steal money from the Lebowski Foundation and that they could all face lengthy prison terms. The nihilists may “believe in nothing,” but they’d better believe the California justice system does not take matters like this lightly.
If Walter or Maude had been right, that Bunny had faked her own kidnapping, Rancho Bernado defense attorneys agree that would be extortion. In California, extortion is defined as the use of force or threats to compel another person to give you money or property. Those threats and/or force do not have to be directed towards the person being extorted, but can be directed at a third-party -for example, that person’s young trophy wife. It also doesn’t matter if the threats were not genuine since Bunny would have been involved with the kidnapping in this scenario. As for what penalties Bunny could face if convicted, extortion is a felony in California and those convicted could face up to four years in prison and $10,000 in fines -plus restitution fees to the victim. But all of this is moot, because Bunny played no part in this scheme.
As for El Duderino, he could also face charges for lying to Brandt in order to fraudulently steal Lebowski’s rug and given how wealthy the later is, the rug would probably worth enough to be considered grand theft, but at least it would undoubtedly tie any room together in the meantime.
If you have been charged with a crime, you should know that no matter what the situation, Escondido criminal lawyer Peter M. Liss certainly abides, man. Please call (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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