Pokemon Go, an app which leads users on a hunt for Pokemon characters, has lead to charges of conspiracy, robbery, battery and assault across the nation. Below we discuss what consequences you face if you decide to go on your own hunt - of Pokemon Go players.
Pokemon Go Leads to Assault Charges
Police are alleging that Elvis Campos was trying to rob Pokemon Go players when he was apprehended in a downtown park in east Las Vegas. The 18-year-old Campos was demanding possessions from who were playing the smartphone game. The game directs players to physical locations in order to “catch” virtual Pokemon characters.
A shootout occurred and Campos and a player were injured. The man is now facing charges of conspiracy, robbery, battery and assault with a deadly weapon.
Campos was transported to jail after he was treated at the hospital for a gunshot wound to the back. A juvenile that was with Campos at the time also faces charges.
This is not the first attack that has been linked to the Pokemon Go app. Just recently a man was arrested in Illinois for battery when he threw sawdust into the faces of two people that were playing the game.
While the game is not meant to bring harm to anyone playing it, it seems that others are targeting players and receiving serious charges as a result. Before you decide to go on your own hunt of Pokemon Go players, remember that there are serious consequences you can face.
Should you find yourself in a similar position, with charges such as battery and assault, it’s advised that you work with a criminal defense lawyer.
Assault, Assault and Battery, or Aggravated Assault
The terms get thrown around a lot, but it’s important to understand the difference between assault, assault and battery, or aggravated assault. While they all involve one person doing intentional harm to another person, crimes involving physical attacks can be assaults or batteries or both. Depending on the seriousness of the attack, charges can be elevated to the most serious one of aggravated assault.
Assault is defined as the intentional act of causing another person to be afraid they are going to experience physical harm. While this is a broad definition, since actual physical harm doesn’t have to be involved, assault is the fact that a person fears imminent harm from another person. The broadness of this definition permits the police to intervene to prevent any actual harm to the person.
“Simple” and “Aggravated Assault”
Depending on the seriousness of the potential harm that may occur to a victim, many states make a distinction between “simple” and “aggravated assault.” Aggravated assault is a felony which may involve an assault with a weapon, or the intention to commit a serious crime. It can also be classified as aggravated assault if there is any legally regarded “special protection” relationship involved. If the assault is classified as simple assault its usually charged as a misdemeanor. In some states the seriousness of the assault may be classified as “first,” “second,” or “third” degree assaults, in which case a “first” degree assault is the most serious one.
Assault with a Deadly Weapon
An assault with a deadly weapon is when a person accompanies a physical attack with a physical object that capable of inflicting serious bodily injury or death. All states classify assault with a deadly weapon as a felony because the use of a dangerous object automatically creates a risk of serious consequences.
The term “deadly weapon” typically refers to a wide range of objects capable of inflicting bodily harm. Examples include cars, golf clubs, knives, and guns. Other things such as pocketknives, stones, shoes, canes, and walking sticks can become “deadly weapons” depending on how a person wields them.
Penalties for Assault in California
A defendant convicted of simple assault faces the following possible penalties:
- up to one year in jail
- a fine up to $2000, and
- probation up to one year
- (Cal. Penal Code § 241, 241.5, 241.6).
“Assault and Battery”
Assault and battery were originally considered to be separate crimes. While assault is the fear of impending physical harm, battery is defined as the actual physical harm done to a victim. While “assault” can be considered the beginning, “battery” can be consider the ending. Most statutes now do not make a distinction between these two offenses.
Penalties for Battery in California
Basic penalties for simple battery that are charged as a misdemeanor include:
- up to one year in county jail
- fine up to $2000, and
- probation up to one year.
- (Cal. Penal Code §§ 243, 243.2, 243.25, 243.3, 243.35, 243.6, 243.65, 243.8).
Theft and Robbery
In addition to charges of assault and battery, Campos is also facing charges of robbery. Robbery falls under the umbrella of “theft.” Here are some other common types of theft offenses that a person can be charged with:
- Petty Theft
- Property valued at $950.00 or less
- Not taken from the person of another
- Grand Theft
- Property valued at $950.00 or more
- Taken from the person of another
- Of an automobile or firearm
- Entering the property of another with the intent to commit a felony.
- Taking the personal property in the possession of another, from his or her possession with the use of force or fear.
- Identity Theft
- Taking personal information and using it for an unlawful purpose
- Receiving or Possession of Stolen Property
- Knowingly buying, receiving, selling or concealing property that has been stolen from another person
No matter the type of theft crime, the punishment is severe. Theft crimes can be classified as a misdemeanor or felony. Fines, jail and/or prison time are often standard punishment. Individuals may also be subject to civil liability if the alleged theft is from a retailer.
Defenses to Theft Crimes
If you are facing theft charges in California, there are a number of defenses that can be employed to your advantage. Most notably, we will work to demonstrate that you did not have the requisite intent to steal any property and you had a good faith belief that the property was yours to possess. Of course, all circumstances must be reviewed when faced with theft charges but we believe in you and your day in court.
Why Work with a Criminal Defense Lawyer?
When faced with serious penalties or spending time in jail or prison, you need to retain a criminal defense lawyer to represent you in court. If you are facing an assault or battery charge, or a theft charge, a criminal defense attorney will investigate your case’s specifics and determine if you were wrongfully charged. They also will be able to identify if there are any other existing reasons for why the case should be dismissed before it goes to trial. If the charges are not dismissed before trial, a criminal attorney may be able negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor on your behalf. If a plea bargain cannot be negotiated, a criminal defense attorney will prepare your defense and represent you at trial.
Your Criminal Defense Lawyer and Emotional Help
While a criminal defense lawyer isn’t a therapist, they may help you deal with the emotions that accompany criminal trials. They can help by explaining the realities of the legal system and discuss what you may be up against during trial. Since they are well versed in the system, your criminal defense lawyer can also go over court rules and regulations, and the best way to navigate through the system. Also critical in negotiating a reduced sentence are the “unwritten rules” which a criminal defense lawyer is also well versed in.
If you are faced with criminal charges and possible jail time, you need to consult a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Contact Sevens Legal, APC today for a free consultation.
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