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Spouse gets hit with fed or state charges, do you try to take the fall? (1 Viewer)

Do you take the charge and the penalty?

  • yes

    Votes: 10 9.2%
  • no

    Votes: 99 90.8%

  • Total voters
    109

mr. furley

Footballguy
i think it was a @bigbottom post in the Lori Laughlin thread that made me do this

your wife/husband/significant other gets wrapped up in a criminal case. you may or may not have been aware in advance but are not being charged separately.

do you take the bullet and tell the prosecutor that any criminal activity was actually perpetrated by you to save your spouse? do you plead guilty to any evidence presented by the state/feds?

 

Jayrod

Footballguy
My wife? Yes, because any "crime" she would commit would have to have been for a noble reason.  She is a better person than I am and more valuable to our kids and society as a whole.  If any decision ever comes down to her or me, she wins every day and twice on Sunday.

 

Zow

Footballguy
I understand the sentiment of your question and find it interesting and fair, and I'll refrain from any further commentary, but in real life the situation of one person trying to take the fall for another is incredibly complicated and rarely works out where one person takes the entirety of the brunt of the allegations and the other person's case is dismissed. So, technically and legally, people should be saying "no" to your poll for a reason you likely didn't anticipate -- that coming forward to profess guilt likely doesn't exonerate your wife or even get her case dismissed so it's a bad strategy for the both of you.

 

culdeus

Have good
i think it was a @bigbottom post in the Lori Laughlin thread that made me do this

your wife/husband/significant other gets wrapped up in a criminal case. you may or may not have been aware in advance but are not being charged separately.

do you take the bullet and tell the prosecutor that any criminal activity was actually perpetrated by you to save your spouse? do you plead guilty to any evidence presented by the state/feds?
This part seems pretty important in the decision making process here.  

 

Poke_4_Life

Footballguy
Considering I would lose my job or any other employment prospects in my field with a felony conviction, not a chance. 

For the record, I also make twice what my wife makes.  For the good of our retirement, I would never take the fall for her.  

 

Silver & Black

Footballguy
Did you not see the Shawshank Redemption???  Screw that.  Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.  I will stop by for the occasional conjugal visit though

 

General Malaise

Poop Lord
I understand the sentiment of your question and find it interesting and fair, and I'll refrain from any further commentary, but in real life the situation of one person trying to take the fall for another is incredibly complicated and rarely works out where one person takes the entirety of the brunt of the allegations and the other person's case is dismissed. So, technically and legally, people should be saying "no" to your poll for a reason you likely didn't anticipate -- that coming forward to profess guilt likely doesn't exonerate your wife or even get her case dismissed so it's a bad strategy for the both of you.
Yeah, I don't know dickery about the law, but this seems really dangerous.  Doing something like this would be obstruction of justice, right?  Then both of you go down.  That seems really dumb.

Try to get my spouse the best possible legal counsel and then white knuckle it until she comes out.  :shrug:

 

culdeus

Have good
I mean if you knew. And said hey knock it off and she didn't and got caught.  That's one thing. She knows you knew.  

Not knowing at all and taking the fall is quite another.  

I'm thinking some sort of credit card identity scam for my example.  Something you could easily cop to as it's all on paper. Not like a murder.

 

Chemical X

Chat MVP
i think it was a @bigbottom post in the Lori Laughlin thread that made me do this

your wife/husband/significant other gets wrapped up in a criminal case. you may or may not have been aware in advance but are not being charged separately.

do you take the bullet and tell the prosecutor that any criminal activity was actually perpetrated by you to save your spouse? do you plead guilty to any evidence presented by the state/feds?
who has the better job?

 

matuski

Footballguy
who has the better job?
Right.. only way I see this even crossing my mind is if she is the provider.

Otherwise I go to jail, and my wife and kids suffer the loss of 3/4's of our family income, and I won't have a job when I get out..  Not a practical choice even if you pretended I wanted to take the fall in the first place.

 

Zow

Footballguy
Yeah, I don't know dickery about the law, but this seems really dangerous.  Doing something like this would be obstruction of justice, right?  Then both of you go down.  That seems really dumb.

Try to get my spouse the best possible legal counsel and then white knuckle it until she comes out.  :shrug:
It may be a few things that could turn out badly for the both of you. It's also very possible that the state would just charge the both of your for the underlying offense.

It's a pretty common misperception, at least in my experience, that John Q. Public seems to think only one person can be charged with a particular crime.  For example, it's very legally possible that multiple people can simultaneously possess the same piece of contraband at the same time.  

 
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Don Quixote

Footballguy
I understand the sentiment of your question and find it interesting and fair, and I'll refrain from any further commentary, but in real life the situation of one person trying to take the fall for another is incredibly complicated and rarely works out where one person takes the entirety of the brunt of the allegations and the other person's case is dismissed. So, technically and legally, people should be saying "no" to your poll for a reason you likely didn't anticipate -- that coming forward to profess guilt likely doesn't exonerate your wife or even get her case dismissed so it's a bad strategy for the both of you.
Yeah, seems like it would just end up with both in prison under some kind of accessory charge rather than getting the SO off the hook.

 

RUSF18

Footballguy
There's no way I'm letting her go to jail and leave me alone with a tantruming toddler 24/7.

Send me away and throw away the key. 

 

Chemical X

Chat MVP
Right.. only way I see this even crossing my mind is if she is the provider.

Otherwise I go to jail, and my wife and kids suffer the loss of 3/4's of our family income, and I won't have a job when I get out..  Not a practical choice even if you pretended I wanted to take the fall in the first place.
in the real world of non celebrity status, I would likely be fired just for being arrested.  there are industries and companies like that.

 

mr. furley

Footballguy
Yeah, I don't know dickery about the law, but this seems really dangerous.  Doing something like this would be obstruction of justice, right?  Then both of you go down.  That seems really dumb.

Try to get my spouse the best possible legal counsel and then white knuckle it until she comes out.  :shrug:
let's define "it" here  :coffee:

 

Ignoramus

Footballguy
It's a pretty common misperception, at least in my experience, that John Q. Public seems to think only one person can be charged with a particular crime.  For example, it's very legally possible that multiple people can simultaneously possess the same piece of contraband at the same time.  
I've seen movies. That's double jeopardy, bub.

Or maybe final jeopardy...

But some kind of jeopardy for sure.

 

IC FBGCav

Footballguy
i think it was a @bigbottom post in the Lori Laughlin thread that made me do this

your wife/husband/significant other gets wrapped up in a criminal case. you may or may not have been aware in advance but are not being charged separately.

do you take the bullet and tell the prosecutor that any criminal activity was actually perpetrated by you to save your spouse? do you plead guilty to any evidence presented by the state/feds?
Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.  I'll miss you Sunshine. 

Hell, I would take the rap.  Get more sex in prison.

 

James Bond

Footballguy
I remember "for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer" but I don't remember anything about prison. So no.

 
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