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Can a prank become a crime? Ask the lawyer – Press Enterprise

NS: I have read about “swatting”. Call the police and ask them to send a swatting team home for suspected criminal activity (except hoaxes). Can mischief be a criminal case?

-JS, orange

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NS: Pranks may be weird, but situations can occur that turn intended pranks into harmful and destructive ones. Then can it be considered a crime? Typical elements of criminal offense are (a) prohibited acts, and (b) the spiritual element of guilty or intent. Keep in mind that even if someone “just tries to trick a friend”, you can find responsible recklessness as well as deliberate misconduct. Take the swatting you mention: There may be a car accident when the swatting team competes home. Alternatively, the swat team can mistake someone there for an intruder and take strong action against them. Even if the crime is not found, civil liability can arise if the mischief involves negligence that causes damage to a third party. In conclusion, pranks can be dangerous to others as well.

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