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Reasons That A Prank Can Go From Harmless To Illegal

by Ray Barnes

Many people enjoy committing pranks that they deem to be harmless and will often document these pranks on video with the intention of sharing them online. It's important for you to realize that if you enjoy performing pranks, one of them could eventually get you into legal trouble. While it's true that even the police can laugh at certain pranks, there are times that you may simply cross the line — and doing so can definitely lead to an arrest. Here are some reasons that what might begin as an innocent prank could result in you facing legal action.

It Creates A Public Disturbance

One thing that can quickly turn a prank from harmless to illegal is when it creates a major public disturbance. For example, if you're performing a prank on a local city street, it may quickly draw the attention of passing pedestrians. Over time, a crowd may develop to the point that people are blocking the sidewalk, part of the street, and access to the stores in the area. This can raise the ire of those who are attempting to pass by or enter some of the stores, and there's a good chance that someone will call the police. Depending on your actions, you could face a charge of disturbing the peace.

It Causes Damage To Property

A funny and innocent prank shouldn't cause damage to anything in the area. However, some pranks can quickly get out of hand and result in damage to private property. For example, if you're doing a prank in a park, you might somehow break one of the benches or perhaps something in the playground. Even if your intentions started in an innocent manner, your prank has resulted in damage to something that you don't own. This can often lead to a charge of criminal damage to property.

It Draws Many Police Officers

Sometimes, the police will get fooled by your prank and report to the area in large numbers. For example, if you were pretending to be injured — perhaps running around while covered in fake blood — many people would likely call 911 to report this suspicious scene. The police officers who respond won't be amused when they realize that your prank has taken city resources and perhaps pulled officers away from legitimate scenes. You may then receive a charge of criminal mischief. If you've been charged in any way after a prank, contact a criminal defense attorney.

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