Can someone press charges against a prankster?
So I played this prank on my friend and now he’s pissed as all hell. I went downstairs and started acting like I couldn’t talk and wrote on a piece of paper that I thought I’d ruptured my vocal cords and needed to go to the ER. He took me and we sat there in line for several hours. When we finally got back to the doctor I said “Just kidding!” And walked out. He wants to sue the hell out of me now and I’m pissed that he would even want to do that. Like why can’t he grow up and take a joke? Is this even a suable offense?
- CliveLv 710 months ago
There is no such thing as pressing charges. And it's not funny to waste several hours of his time.
You also need to learn the difference between civil and criminal law. Charges are only in criminal law. Suing is only in civil law.
- Goldfly252000Lv 710 months ago
IF you meant can your friend SUE you then they lost little financially that they can sue for. Although if I was the friend and it was "hours" long wait I'd drop you off and tell you text me when you are ready. No reason for me to wait in the ER as well(totally get being a supportive friend, but hours is getting to long to me). Sure the ER will charge you a large price, but that isn't your friend's problem, that is a bill YOU will have to pay. I don't know why people are bringing that up as if it is relevant.
- STEVEN FLv 710 months ago
Only the DA can press charges.
The ER can file a civil lawsuit for the costs of processing your WASTING THEIR TIME.
- SlickterpLv 710 months ago
He has nothing to sue for.
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- StephenWeinsteinLv 710 months ago
I have no idea if your friend can sue, but I have no doubt that the ER bill is going to be horrendous -- they always are -- and since it wasn't a real medical emergency, your insurance won't cover it, so you'll have to pay it with your own money.
- The MikelLv 710 months ago
Sure, especially these days.
Civil Lawsuits abound. Also:
The menu of possible Criminal charges
Breach of the Peace,
Disturbing the Peace,
Theft of Services,
911 pranks are a Felony in many areas.
proper charge may differ by locality it is the DA's choice IF the coppers will investigate in the first place..
- Anonymous10 months ago
Do you have any idea what a trip to the ER costs? I do hope you get the bill. (by the way it's hundreds to thousands of dollars)
"Sat there in line for several hours" is not a prank.
I don't believe you.
- Anonymous10 months ago
Katie, your mental health is visibly deteriorated by the day.
In real life you would pay for the ER visit no matter how long you were or weren't treated. I'd be more concerned about that.
CAN your pretend friend sue you for this pretend prank? Yes. What would the friend sue for? Emotional distress, financial loss.
- Rick BLv 710 months ago
of course someone can press charges against anyone.