Most people would do anything for their mother. However, sometimes the
favor may turn out to be more than the person bargained for. One Canadian
daughter discovered this truth on her own when her mother recently requested
something that goes above and beyond running a simple errand.
The thirty-nine year old daughter was asked to take a driving test in place
of her seventy-three year old mother. Typically, in Canada, a driving
test is only required when you first obtain a driver’s license,
however circumstances can arise which require an additional driving portion
of the test. It is for the additional driving portion the daughter was
called upon by her mother to complete.
According to local authorities, the daughter donned a wig, glasses, and
clothing befitting an older person when she arrived to take the test.
One can only assume she looked rather convincing in this disguise, however
the proctor was suspicious. Acting on that suspicion the proctor alerted
local police who promptly arrived and unmasked the daughter.
It turned out she intended to take the test for her mother simply because
her mother asked her to do so as a favor. The mother was nervous about
taking the test, possibly due to her age and requested her daughter go
in her place. While this may appear on its face to the average person
to be an act of kindness one would bestow on a loved one, the local authorities
took a different stance.
The authorities charged the daughter with one count of “Impersonating
an Adult.” While one can see the importance of driver testing for
the safety of others on the roadways, some may believe the charge of fraud
does not seem appropriate given the circumstances. This ultimately boils
down to a daughter attempting to assist her mother. Sure, what the woman
did could be construed as wrong within the strict black letter of the
law, however, is the response of the authorities an appropriate one? Could
this have been resolved with more discretion? Regardless, we would not
recommend the accused in this case attempt to impersonate a lawyer. Instead
it may be time to hang up the costumes and get the real thing!
The attorney’s at Bleile & Dawson are extremely knowledgeable
in criminal law, especially when it comes to defending our clients against
wrongful accusations, whether in the State of Ohio or the Commonwealth
of Kentucky. If you feel that you have wrongly been accused of a crime
and seek to find the best possible representation to fight for you, hire
a law firm that puts the client first and fights hard to protect the client.
Contact us today for a completely confidential consultation at 513-564-0088.